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blood is important

Your blood transports oxygen and nutrients around the body to your cells, at the same time removing metabolic waste from the cells. An average adult has just under 5 litres of blood circulating around their body.

A brief look at the composition of blood will show why our blood is important.

blood component chart

Blood is made up of:

  • Red blood cells – for oxygen transport
  • White blood cells – defend the body against infections
  • Platelets – for blood clotting and tissue repair
  • Plasma - the clear, non-cellular part of the blood 
    (92% water by volume) which contains many transport  
    proteins and other important chemicals for vital bodily functions
 

 

Professor James Isbister discusses the important role your blood plays in your body.

Prof. James Isbister (Runs 1:22) 

Why Your Blood is Important

 

 

 

What Your Doctor Should Tell You

Your doctor should make sure you are aware of these important facts.

What Your Doctor Should Tell You

How to manage the doctor/patient relationship

There are some practical things you can do to manage the doctor/patient relationship.

How to manage the doctor/patient relationship

Three simple questions to ask your doctor

If you have concerns that you feel have not been answered or addressed already, you have every right to ask these 3 questions.

Three simple questions to ask your doctor

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