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Despite the advances in technology we’re enjoying today, blood still cannot be made nor manufactured. So, patients in dire need of blood is dependent on donors for their very lives.
With experience or not, we all know that donating blood is one of the most selfless and honorable things you can do. But did you know that when you donate blood, you’re not only saving someone’s life, but your body and well-being also benefits from it?
Every 14th of June, Blood Donor Day is actually celebrated all over the world not only to pay homage to those people who have selflessly donated their blood, but also to create awareness on blood letting. That said, we’re here to help encourage more people--to let them know that there are more than enough reasons for you to forget your fear of needles and give your blood to those who need it the most.
In light of World Blood Donation Day, here are some of the health benefits that come with donating blood:
Free Blood Analysis & Health Check-up
While this is totally different from the regular trip to your doctor, you will be able to check if you are in perfectly good health once you decide to donate your blood. Firstly, you will get a blood analysis to make sure that your blood is perfect for donation. Then, you will receive a somewhat physical check-up to make sure that your body is fit for the ‘activity’ (you’ll understand later why we chose to call it that).
They will check your blood pressure, platelet count, pulse, temperature, blood sugar levels; and they’ll even check if you have hepatitis, syphilis, HIV, and other blood-related diseases.
Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Hello, bloodletting, goodbye cancer cells! Yes, you heard that right. Most people don’t know that people who regularly donate blood had a lower risk of developing cancer than those who did not. In fact, in a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute, it was found that Phlebotomy (or the process of drawing blood) is an iron-reduction method that is highly associated with mortality and lowering cancer risk.
A Relaxing Way to Lose Weight
For those people who are non-fans of exercising, this might just be the solution to your weight loss problems! This is the exact reason why we mentioned this a while ago as an ‘activity’--just by lying on a chair, and donating your blood, you can burn as much as 650 calories per session! This is way more than what you can burn when you work out for 30 minutes on the treadmill.
But just so you know, before you go and make this as your only weight loss plan, you can only donate your blood once every two or three months, of course, still depending on your health.
A healthier mind and body
By donating blood, you are stimulating your body to produce a new set of fresh blood cells. And simply because of that, your body will benefit a lot. More specifically, it will improve your liver health; it will prevent risks of stroke and heart attack; and it will reduce the number of harmful iron stones in your body.
In the same way, as you relax on the chair or on the bed while they draw your blood, know that it will also give you psychological benefits. For one, after successfully passing the health check and blood donation eligibility tests, you will significantly reduce your health worries, and eventually giving you more self-confidence and joy.
Also, as donating blood can also be a form of volunteer work, it reduces the risk of depression and loneliness.