How long do White and Red blood cells last?

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How long do White and Red blood cells last?
« on: 10/09/2007 17:49:31 »
Do they circulate forever? Never dieing? Or do they wear out and eventually be made again?

Do I have just as many blood cells as when i was born? Or are there more now? Less?

Sorry, it's a lot of questions. Answering them all would be great, though.
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How long do White and Red blood cells last?
« Reply #1 on: 11/09/2007 08:09:31 »
Red blood cells generally "last" for, or have a life cycle of around 3 months. The individual cells are not (to my knowledge) "made again" but you do produce a few million of them every second.

An interseting fact is where their breakdown products end up. Ever wondered why your poo has a redish brown colour?

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« Reply #2 on: 11/09/2007 17:56:58 »
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How long do White and Red blood cells last?
« Reply #3 on: 01/10/2007 08:41:31 »
An interseting fact is where their breakdown products end up. Ever wondered why your poo has a redish brown colour?

Well the colour of the poo comes from the bile pigments. The bile pigments are formed from the breakdown of haemoglobin, which is 95% part of the red blood cells.
                     And regarding the question posed by Rdn00b; well red blood cells have a life time of round about 4 months .. while the lifespan of whiteblood cells is of months or even years which depends on the body's need for the cell.
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