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Donating Blood May Affect Sports

July 8, 2014
Dr. Keith Roach , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. My friends and I are pretty competitive when we do our rides, pushing hard and challenging each other in positive ways. I donate blood as often as I'm allowed. After donating, my legs feel more fatigued when I ride, and I'm not as strong, particularly on the climbs. How long can I use my blood donation as an "excuse" for lacking strength? - A.R.

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