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What is EPO ?

Question Asked on Rejuvenation a forum for the discussion of Growth Hormone and other anti-aging therapies...

I'm not sure about several terms mentioned in Rejuvenation. I've never heard of EPO. What does it do for a person with low Hematocrit on the cellular level?

[EPO is "ErithroPOyetin" which is a hormone produced by the kidneys that signals the bone marrow to please produce more red blood cells... Red blood cells carry hemoglobin, and hemoglobin carries oxygen.

The kidneys filter the blood, and they are the first to notice if there is ever a low level of oxygen in the blood. If oxygen is low, they adjust the level of oxygen by sending a message to the bone marrow to produce new red blood cells. The messenger that carries the message is the hormone: EPO.

We might have low oxygen because we are sick, or because red blood cells have a life cycle of about 4 months and have been replaced, or because you have physically taken your body to someplace where there is low oxygen, for example from sea level to a mountain such as Denver (5000 ft), or Mexico City (7200 ft), or La Paz, Bolivia (12,000+ ft), or skiing in the Rocky Mountains (10,000 - 12,000 ft.).

One of the most difficult signs of aging to reverse, traditionally, has been the drop in the body's ability to process oxygen. I learned about this in "Aerobics" the classic book by Dr. Kenneth Cooper that started everybody running in the 1970's.

According to Dr. Cooper, as we age we lose the ability to process oxygen... And according to Dr. Cooper, one of the only ways to fight this drop is by running or cycling or swimming (or other aerobic exercises... Great book!) At that time, I thought there must be something degrading in the lungs, and Dr. Cooper never mentioned EPO in his book because EPO had not been discovered yet.

About 30 years later I learned about EPO because I read that athletes were using it. The instant I learned that this is a hormone that increases red blood cells, I thought to myself, THIS IS THE SOLUTION TO THE DROP IN THE BODY'S ABILITY TO PROCESS OXYGEN ! EPO CAN REVERSE A SIGN OF AGING.

I also understood why aerobic exercise fights the drop of oxygen: because aerobic exercise depletes oxygen in our blood, which causes the kidneys to notice that there is a drop in oxygen. So then the kidneys adjust the drop of oxygen with an increase in red blood cells by releasing an extra dose of EPO.

Read our previous discussions on EPO, which is when I began to say that it is an important hormone to prevent loss of brain cells, and I began to take it and raise my hematocrit to 54%, which is about 20% above the average and "very high, but within the normal range."

Hemoglobin, Anemia, EPO, and Senility http://www.rajeun.net/hb.html

And read this page too, written by an anonymous long distance bicycle racer, with comments by me at the end:

EPO and Bicycle Riding

Also read this page, so you understand the extreme importance of EPO:

What is Sarcopenia?

Then read my personal program to prevent sarcopenia in my own body:

Sarcopenia

After you have finished reading these pages, go teach your doctor what you have learned because you will probably know more about EPO than he does.

- Ellis]

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