Why Donate blood ?
If you’re in two minds about whether you should donate blood, consider that doing so not only helps others, you are doing more for your own health! Pl read below:
- CardiovascularHealth– Studies have shown that an increased level of iron in the blood raises the chance of heart disease. Regular blood donation helps males in particular to reduce the amount of iron in the blood which can reduce the chance of heart attack by 88%. Also, regular blood donation can lower the risk of severe cardiovascular events like stroke by 33%.
- The lowered health risks have to do with iron depletion. Iron has a significant impact on the body. High blood iron can cause a variety of symptoms, such as irregular heartbeats, lethargy, muscle weakness, hardening of arteries, accelerated cholesterol oxidation, decreased libido and enlarged liver, to name a few.
- When donating blood, you are removing 225 to 250 mg of iron from your body; therefore reducing your risks of health complications.
- Reduces the Risk of Cancer– According to study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, iron is believed to increase the free-radical damage in the body and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and aging. According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, consistent blood donation is associated with a lower risk of cancers, (including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers).
- Blood donation has also been found to help those wishing to lose weight. A person who donates blood burns about 650 calories with every pint donated, as the body has to work to replenish itself.
- Though there are many benefits to donating blood just one time, the people who benefit most from blood donations are regular donors.
- According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, researchers found that those between the ages of 43 and 61 had fewer heart attacks and strokes when they had donated blood every six months.
- Another study done by the Miller-Keystone Blood Center in the US found that consistent blood donation is associated with lower risks of cancer diagnosis; risk levels of being diagnosed with any type of cancer decreased in correlation with how often donors donated blood.
- Free Blood Analysis– A blood donor receives a free prior health screening plus mini blood test. The HB level is tested, as well as blood pressure and body check is done. The donor is also screened for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases; and is immediately informed in strict confidentiality, if any of these tests show positive results.
- Boosts the production of red blood cells. Donation of blood reduces the number of red blood cells in the blood. The bone marrow immediately begins to replenish the lost cells. As a result, the blood of a donor is refreshed every time they donate because of the increased production of new blood cells.
The positive feelings associated with blood donation have been shown to improve both emotional and physical health.
Please Note :
- You may only donate about 480 ml. of blood every 56 days, to ensure that you’ve had enough time to replenish the red cells from your last donation.
- The body replaces all of its lost blood volume within 48 hours after donating blood; the replenishment of red blood cells takes a little more time, about four to eight weeks.
- As of 2008, the WHO estimated that more than 81 million units of blood were being collected annually.
- Blood donation does not have any major side effects.
And while you benefit so much, you also help someone needing blood, a product not produced synthetically, and may even save lives of patients with cancer, patients undergoing surgery, children with severe anaemia, women who have complications with their pregnancy, and accident victims!!
So, go ahead and register yourself with us. We will intimate you whenever we have any blood donation camp or as and when someone needs your type of blood.