Health benefits of donating blood | Sankalp India Foundation

by rajat on Jun 03, 2008      Category: Health & Disability Tags: bangalore donation sankalp blood benifits save lives

When you donate blood it is not only the recipient of your blood who benefits medically, you too are the winner. Medical research has proven that regular blood donors enjoy numerous health benefits. Here are a few direct benefits for you as a blood donor.

 

Health benefits of donating blood

 

Blood Donation Is GoodReduce the chance of heart diseases

 

It has been observed that increase in blood iron level increases the chance of heart disease. Iron is involved in the oxidation of cholesterol and this process is believed to be detrimental for the arteries. Increases blood iron level favors this process of cholesterol oxidation and thus leads to heart disease.1 Regular blood donation helps especially males in loosing iron on regular basis. It helps in reducing the chance of heart attack to one third.2

 

Enhance the production of new Red Blood Cells

 

As the blood is withdrawn from the donors body there is decrease inblood cells. To replenish it, immediately new cells are produced by marrow andthis way blood gets refreshed. Therefore donating blood helps in stimulating generationof new blood cells.3

 

Helps in fighting hemochromitosis

 

Hemochromitosis is a genetic disorder; also know as iron overload disorder wherein iron accumulates in the body tissue because or improper iron metabolism. This condition may lead to organ damage.3 Though this problem is uncommon in Indians4, people with little iron overload also can easily donation blood and reduce their iron content. Taking example from other countries, one in every 300-400 people in England suffers from this disorder and American Red Cross blood services accept such donors as safe donor as it’s a genetic disorder, it won’t be harmful to the person receiving blood from such donors.3

 

Burns calories

 

One can diet or remain fit by donating blood regularly. One pint of blood (450 ml) when donated burns 650 calories in donor’s body. 35

 

Invigorated feeling in elderly people

 

It has been mentioned in various sites though not proved that elderly people in good health have reported feeling invigorated or reenergized by giving blood on a regular basis.6

 

Basic blood test is done

 

Apart from all these benefits a donor gets a mini blood test done before donating blood. This includes Hematocrit i.e. HB level test, Blood pressure is measured, body weight is checked. After the blood is collected it tested for 5 major diseases. Those are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis and malaria. Donor is immediately informed if any of these test found to be positive.

 

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mynk's picture

This is a neat compilation and I had a pointer to the same in the post - http://ngopost.org/story.php?title=Donate_Life__More---

admin's picture

This is interesting! Mostly people project blood donation as a charity work, but I don't think many people know how it can be good for the donor. This aspect must be made clear, along with any potential disadvantages as well.. this may sound counter-productive, but people may have some fears in back of their mind, and it will be good to talk about the real ones openly and refute the other ones.

Goli's picture

This is good, I had always known that blood donation does not do any harm, but was not aware that it gives so much of benefit.

Sadiq's picture

I am a regular blood donor. Due to lack of education, its very difficult to convince your dear ones to donate blood.
I think public awareness has to be created, to draw more donors.

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