Give Blood – The Benefits are Yours & Theirs

Bob Root, Keys Scientist

Our business is your skin health.  A big part is your general health and periodically, we see or hear things that need repeating.  In this time of C-19, the need for blood donations is at an all-time critical level.  So we offer the following as a rational of how you benefit health-wise and spiritually by giving blood.  Please consider donating today for your benefit and the unseen faces who need it.  This is probably the only donation you will give that you know exactly where it goes.

 


Beer for Blood

When I was in college, the guys used to line up to donate blood for beer money.  It was true then and now that the obvious benefits were to help others and benefit by receiving cash, cookies, and a bottle of juice.

Blood for Health

Fast forward and I am now old enough that having stale blood in my veins is dangerous.  My wellness doctor, Dr. Jonathan Wright, told me in a firm way that I should donate a pint every time I was able.  At least 4 times a year.  Now, this was many years ago and Jonathan was way ahead of the pack.  He explained to me that we needed to turn over our red blood cell production.  Men and post-menopausal women need to increase the turnover of red cell and the only way to do that is by draining out a pint of blood every few months.  His comment was also true, that the best way to do this is by donating blood to the Red Cross or other blood donation organization.  After all, it is free, you get cookies and a bottle of juice.  You also get the satisfaction of helping others.  More important is that a medical phlebotomy costs about $400.  No brainer right?  Pay $400 or get cookies and beer.

Giving Blood Benefits

Donating blood can help in treating patients suffering from cancer, bleeding disorders, chronic anemia associated with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other hereditary blood abnormalities. It is important to know that human blood cannot be manufactured, people are the only source of it and that is why it is important to donate blood and help those who need it. It is also possible to store your own blood for your future needs. Make sure the blood is stored at a good blood bank.

A mini health exam that includes a checklist for diseases related to blood pressure and infectious diseases should be conducted before initiating the collection of blood. Those who have medical conditions such as AIDS and hepatitis should not donate blood. People who have taken vaccinations or have undergone any surgery or have cancer, diabetes, cold, and flu should consult health experts before donating blood. Pregnant women should seek expert advice before donating blood.

Health Benefits Of Donating Blood

Blood donation not only makes the receiver’s life good but also helps the donor to maintain good health. The health benefits of donating blood are mentioned below.

PREVENTS HEMOCHROMATOSIS

Health benefits of blood donation include reduced risk of hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a health condition that arises due to excess absorption of iron by the body. This may be inherited or may be caused due to alcoholism, anemia or other disorders. Regular blood donation may help in reducing iron overload. Make sure that the donor meets the standard blood donation eligibility criteria.

ANTI-CANCER BENEFITS

Blood donation helps in lowering the risk of cancer. By donating blood the iron stores in the body are maintained at healthy levels. A reduction in the iron level in the body is linked with low cancer risk.

MAINTAINS HEALTHY HEART & LIVER

Blood donation is beneficial in reducing the risk of heart and liver ailments caused by the iron overload in the body. Intake of iron-rich diet may increase the iron levels in the body, and since only limited proportions can be absorbed, excess iron gets stored in the heart, liver, and pancreas. This, in turn, increases the risk of cirrhosis, liver failure, damage to the pancreas, and heart abnormalities like irregular heart rhythms. Blood donation helps in maintaining iron levels and reduces the risk of various health ailments.

WEIGHT LOSS

Regular blood donation reduces the weight of the donors. This is helpful to those who are obese and are at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and other health disorders. However, blood donation should not be very frequent and you may consult your doctor before donating blood to avoid any health issues.

STIMULATES BLOOD CELL PRODUCTION

After donating blood, the body works to replenish the blood loss. This stimulates the production of new blood cells and in turn, helps in maintaining good health.

Blood Donation Process

It is always good to plan blood donation in advance. Consult your doctor before donating blood if there are any health issues or concerns. It is always good to have healthy diet weeks before the donation. On the day of donation, make sure you are well hydrated, so keep drinking plenty of fluids. One should wear comfortable clothes during the donation process. In case you are undergoing any treatment or medication, it is advisable to inform the blood bank/clinic/hospital where you are donating blood.

The infographic can be downloaded as a PDF and is a good quick reference as to why to donate blood. Please note that every region has a different blood donation organization.  The Red Cross is the most notable, but the4y relies on partners in regions of America to take donations.

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