FDA Warns Against “Young Blood” Transfusions


The FDA has a new warning trying to stop the aging process by getting blood transfusions from a young person probably won’t work and could be unsafe.

The rising trend–sometimes referred to as “vampire” treatments–takes the blood plasma from young people- transfusing it into older people in the hopes of stopping or reversing the aging process or treating diseases like Alzheimer’s.

But the FDA says such therapies- which are costly–are also unproven and could be unsafe.

They warn some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous people that tout such treatments as cures.

Plasma is commonly used to treat bleeding or clotting problems and health experts warn even under those approved uses- plasma transfusions still carry certain risks including allergic reactions and transfusion-associated circulatory overload.

The f-d-a says talk to your doctor first– if you’re considering plasma transfusions. 

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