Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Blood pressure:

If your blood pressure is high:

  • Ask your doctor about
    • increasing your level of exercise
    • increasing your potassium intake (preferably through fruits (e.g., oranges, bananas), vegetables (e.g., potatoes), etc., but alternatively with supplements)
      One study indicated that taking 1600 mg potassium supplements daily could lower blood pressure by 2-5 points
    • reducing your intake of salt/sodium

If your blood pressure is very high and/or you are unable to reduce your blood pressure adequately through diet and exercise:

  • Ask your doctor about medication to lower your blood pressure


Before donating:

  • Eat good meals
    If your iron level is low, you won’t be able to donate
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Don’t take children with you
  • Ask about eligibility for plan which will assure blood for you and/or your family


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