Donor iron deficiency found to have no harmful effects on blood quality or donor well-being

Most of the U.S. blood supply comes from about 5 million altruistic volunteers who donate blood regularly. Frequent blood donation is known to result in iron deficiency in donors, which has led to concerns that the practice may not only diminish the quality of donated blood but also harm blood donors’ health and quality of life. Reassuringly, a new study published in Blood found that donor iron deficiency produced no harmful effects on either the quality of donated blood or the well-being of frequent blood donors.

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