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5 Things You Need to Know About Having Too Many Red Blood Cells

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Even though we think of it as a liquid, blood is essentially a living tissue within the body. Its purpose is to transport useful products from one part of the body to another. To function in this capacity, blood consists of two parts: plasma and cells. Plasma is the straw-colored liquid that allows blood cells to circulate. It carries all types of blood cells, including erythrocytes or red blood cells. Erythrocytes give blood its red color and help make it stickier and heavier than water. Your body may develop too many red blood cells or erythrocytosis in a couple of different ways. The erythrocytes themselves may increase in density or plasma volume may drop, leaving a higher concentration of cells in the blood. Either way, the results are the same.

Even though we think of it as a liquid, blood is essentially a living tissue within the body. Its purpose is to transport useful products from one part of the body to another. To function in this capacity, blood consists of two parts: plasma and cells. Plasma is the straw-colored liquid that allows blood cells to circulate. It carries all types of blood cells, including erythrocytes or red blood cells. Erythrocytes give blood its red color and help make it stickier and heavier than water. Your body may develop too many red blood cells or erythrocytosis in a couple of different ways. The erythrocytes themselves may increase in density or plasma volume may drop, leaving a higher concentration of cells in the blood. Either way, the results are the same.

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