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UNDERSTANDING YOUR

BLOOD
BY SUSAN CUNNINGHAM, FOR UCHEALTH

Coursing just below the surface of your skin is your
body's very own transportation highway: your blood.
It brings oxygen and nutrients to cells, allows the brain
and organs to communicate, and helps the immune
system fend off illness. And, one small vial of blood can
reveal a lot about your health.

THE COMPONENTS

Blood has four main components - red blood cells, white blood
cells, platelets, and plasma.
Red blood cells make up 40-45% of blood's volume and contain
hemoglobin, a special protein that helps carry oxygen to your
cells and gives your blood its red color. People living at altitude
typically have extra red blood cells since the air is thinner.
White blood cells are key parts of your immune system,
identifying and attacking foreign materials such as bacteria and
viruses. They make up 1% of your blood volume.
Platelets are fragments of cells that help with clotting.
Finally, plasma is a mixture of water, sugar, fat, protein, and
salts, and moves blood cells, platelets, hormones, and waste
products around the body.

BLOOD TYPES

There are thousands of different subtypes of blood, but only
four main groups - group A, group B, group O and group AB.
Your blood type is determined by your genes, and refers to the
type of sugar you have on the surface of your red blood cells.
Blood type has nothing to do with health, but it's important to
know for transfusions. A group A person will naturally produce
antibodies to group B antigen. So if you receive group B blood,
your body will destroy those cells because they'll look foreign.
People who are in group O are considered universal donors
because they don't have any sugars on the surface of their
blood, so their blood is accepted by everyone.

Rosa Gutierrez walks the
track at the Northside
Aztlan Community Center
in Fort Collins as part of
her new healthy routine.

KEEPING YOUR BLOOD HEALTHY

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly benefits
your blood.
The body needs basic nutrients, such as iron, folate, vitamin
B12 and other vitamins and minerals. And exercise changes the
blood by stimulating fat metabolism and helping the body use
nutrients better.

BLOOD TESTS

Very small quantities of chemicals in the blood can be
measured to know whether organs such as kidneys and liver
are functioning well, whether cholesterol is at the right level,
and if there are signs of adult-onset diabetes.
For instance, higher-than-normal levels of prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) may be a sign of prostate cancer. Levels of TSH
can reflect how well your thyroid is functioning. And a build-up
of certain waste products may suggest your kidneys aren't
working well.

DONATING BLOOD

Platelets are continuously in high demand in northern Colorado,
and the need for all blood donations increase during the
holidays and summer months.
Blood donations to UCHealth Garth England Blood Donation
Centers in Fort Collins and Loveland, or via its mobile blood bus,
stay local to help patients at Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical
Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital,
and Estes Park Health.
Interested donors should call 970.591.4822 to schedule an
appointment at either of these locations. Learn more about
being a blood donor at uchealth.org/locations/garth-englundblood-donation-center-fort-collins/.
Portions of this article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Sept. 2, 2019.


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