Health Benefits of Donating Blood3 LikesLike
Being a blood donor is not only rewarding, it has health benefits as well! Here are five ways in which your body can benefit from your generosity.
- Lower Iron Levels: High iron levels in your blood can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and damaged arteries. Every time you give blood it lowers your body's iron levels, which lowers your risk of developing heart disease.
- Reduced Risk of Cancer: It is safe to donate blood every three months for men and every four months for women. Consistent donations will actually drop your cancer risk levels each time you donate. Donating blood has been associated with a lower risk of liver, lung, colon, stomach, and throat cancers in regular donors.
- Reduced Risk of Heart Attack: Years of regular blood donation can lower your risk of heart attack by 88%, as well as reduce your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events by 33%.
- Replenish Blood: Your body naturally restores and replenishes blood supplies in the event of blood loss. Such replenishment can help your body work more efficiently and stay healthy.
- Mini Physical: Before you give blood, you’ll first have to complete a quick physical that measures your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels. After your blood is collected, it’s sent off to a lab where it will undergo 13 different tests for infectious diseases, like HIV and West Nile virus. If anything comes back positive, you will be notified immediately.