There isn’t any proven health benefit, and you could actually harm yourself considerably with an infusion.
There are so many ways to chase the feelings of youth. Crack open a photo album, (real or digital). Or, meet with old friends and reminisce about days past, or take up a new hobby like tackling a new musical instrument.
But what about getting blood transfusions?
Yes, it sounds vampiresque. Apparently for some, however, it’s all the rage.
In an effort to truly absorb the transient spirit of days past, some people are buying blood infusions from younger donors. The idea that ‘young blood’ can rejuvenate your health has been around a long time. In recent years, it popped to the forefront when a study done in the early 2000s showed promising results when mice were injected with younger plasma.
But the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against injection yourself with a donation. The mice involved in the study DID show improvements in their health, but they weren’t only sharing blood, they were doing more. The mice were actually physically attached to each other and sharing organs, too as The Verge.com points out. And so, things aren’t what they seem.
The FDA has issued a warning on their site:
“Simply put, we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies. Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them and are potentially harmful.”
How can the blood hurt you?
According to the FDA, common risks include an allergic reaction to the infusion and transfusion associated circulatory overload. Less common risks include acute lung injury or circulatory overload and infectious disease transmission. Good times.
Our suggestions for feeling younger include going for a walk and doing some yoga. It’s probably less time consuming.