One of every seven people who enter the hospital will need blood.
Yet, there still is NO substitute for human blood.
Whoever lacks it, perhaps you, your loved one, friend, co-worker, can count only on caring volunteers. Blood donation is two-way rewarding, though, for it works wonders also for your own health.
Find out how!
Why Is Donating Blood Important for YOUR Health
By rolling up your sleeves and donating blood, you help saving other people’s life but do not underrate the positive effects on yours.
Here’s how your body will harness your humanitarian efforts:
- GIVES FREE HEALTH CHECKUP. Before you donate blood, they will assess your hemoglobin levels, blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate; once your blood has been sent to the lab, they will screen it for infections such as syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
- BURNS CALORIES. Giving one pint of blood can burn up to 650 calories. Not a weight loss plan, of course, being that you should wait 56 Days between donations and weigh at least 110 pounds.
- LOWERS RISK OF CANCER. High levels of iron have been implicated in cancer. Blood donation removes some of this iron from your system and decreases your risk for liver, lung, colon, and throat cancers.
- PRESERVES CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH. Excessive iron oxidation and blood viscosity can increase also the risk of heart attack and strokes. Thankfully, in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that participants ages 43 to 61 had fewer heart attacks and strokes when they donated blood every six months.
- STIMULATES NEW BLOOD CELLS. Your body will replenish the blood cells lost during the donation, which helps maintain good health.
Blood Donation Chart
You feel good, your health better, cancer patients—34% of blood recipients—at their best; if you stick to few easy guidelines, blood donation is also safe and painless.
After all, it takes only 7 minutes.
But why then, you might object, American Red Cross invests in captivating ads, instead of sticks to push back hordes of overexcited volunteers? Because we’re not machines, but humans. I myself hate needles, and my cheeks bleach at the sight of a bag filled with my own juice. Am I ashamed of my anxiety? No. Worries turn into strength as you make a statement by donating your blood, that you care for those in need and for yourself.
To get acquainted with the experience, make sure to scan the wily mix of information here below, from blood types and compatibility to blood donation process, and uses of donated blood to do’s and don’ts after donating.
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