A Look at Your Blood and Blood Disorders
- Monday, 08 August 2011
When it comes to your health, there are many vital functions of your body. When you think about it, your whole body needs to operate together to keep you healthy and functioning on a high level. Your blood is no exception. The blood that pumps through your veins supports your body and your life. Blood serves the vital function of carrying waste products, nutrients and oxygen throughout your body.
A Look at Blood:
Most people have probably never given blood a second thought. It is a normal part of all people and you see it only when you bleed. However, your blood is full of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets that support your life. Your blood has a very important job and without a healthy supply you will find yourself very ill. Some people with severe blood disorders may require extensive medical treatment or even blood transfusions.
One of the most important jobs of your blood is to carry oxygen throughout your body. The blood carries it to the lungs, and to the body tissue. It then exchanges the oxygen for the waste products such as carbon dioxide that your body no longer needs. The white blood cells are also crucial. They help protect your body from illnesses, bacteria and viruses. Your blood also contains what are called platelets. These are very important parts of your body function as well. Platelets can help stop bleeding and can also repair blood vessels. If you get a cut, it is the platelets in your blood stream that will clump together to patch it up. Without an ample supply of platelets in your blood stream, you would bleed to death...