Blood is essential to one’s survival, acting as a way for oxygen and essential nutrients to reach different organs in the body.
Each day thousands of people around the world need donated blood to keep them alive and in good health. According to the American Red Cross, one donation can save as many as three lives, and someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds.
Donating whole blood can help these people as well as the donors. Studies show that donating blood has benefits for the donors emotional and physical health.
Reasons Why You Should Donate Your Blood
1. Free health checkup and pathology test
Before giving blood, each donors must undergo medical checkup to ensure they are healthy enough to be a donor. Also, it is an opportunity for donors to be aware of potential health issues.
2. Reduce the risks of heart and liver diseases
Iron overload happens when an individual follows an iron-rich diet, causing the body iron levels to increase and constrict the blood vessels in the heart and liver where it is stored. As a result, it exposes one to have disease that could affect these organ such as cancer, heart disease and liver cirrhosis.
So as a blood donor, you’re able to get rid of 225 mg to 250 mg of iron, which can significantly prevent your body from iron overload.
3. Improve mental well-being
Donating of blood does not only improve physical health but also mental health. Choosing to be a blood donor can uplift your human spirit and add to your sense of self worth.
4. Develop new blood cells
There are about 10 pints of blood in the body of an average adult. When you donate blood, you only use about 1 pint of your blood supply and it can be replaced with new oxygen-rich blood cells in a couple of days.
5. Save lives
Donating blood can be one of the highest form of humanitarian act. With blood donations, patients can’t undergo surgeries, recover from illness or get healthy.
You may not be able to cure someone from a deadly disease but you can save lives when you donate blood.
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