Spending six months in space can destroy 54% of red cells
Ottawa: The most important aspect of the human body in space is severely affected and that is our blood that is most affected. In this regard, it has been said that just staying in space for six months can destroy 54% of red blood cells.
Although man has spent months and even years in space weightlessness before, now a condition has come to light which has been termed as ‘space anemia’. At first it was thought to be a temporary condition that would later get better. However, detailed research has now shown that its effects are long lasting.
For this, 14 astronauts who have spent time in the International Space Station (ISS) have been surveyed. In addition, astronauts on the International Space Station have expressed difficulty breathing. Interestingly, the blood of the astronauts was analyzed during the establishment of the space station.
University of Ottawa scientists Dr. Guy Trudel and his colleagues estimated that when astronauts set foot on Earth a few months later, 2 million red blood cells per second were being destroyed, compared to 3 million cells per second in space.
In the microscopic atmosphere of space, the human body loses 20% of its fluid and accumulates in the chest. Even four months after landing, the rate and speed of cell destruction remained the same.
After testing the blood of all the astronauts, although they were not diagnosed with anemia, emphasis has been placed on changing their diet and further research.