Blood donation: Health benefits

Donating blood is an act of kindness but did you know it has health benefits for you too?

Here are five reasons why donating blood is good for your health:

  • It’s a free health check:

Before you donate blood, many tests are carried out on your blood to make sure that you are in good health. You will have your blood pressure checked before giving blood, which will point out to any blood pressure related abnormalities (if there is any). Prior to giving blood, the iron level in your blood will also be checked to know if there is no iron deficiency or if you have too much iron level in your blood.

If you pass the pre-screen tests then your blood will be checked for infections. You will be advised to consult a general physician in case of abnormalities.

  • It reduces the risk of cancer:

Your blood is filled with a lot of iron, so donating blood reduces the amount of iron in your bloodstream, therefore reducing the risk of cancer.

  • It prevents heart diseases:

Iron is necessary for the proper function of our body, however too much can lead to oxidative damage. This is the main cause of heart attacks, strokes, and accelerated aging. Regular blood donation will help prevent heart diseases and other possible health problems.

  • It burns calories:

An average of 650 calories is burnt up, with a pint of blood donation. It can also assist in maintaining a healthy weight, alongside healthy eating and regular exercise.

  • Happiness:

Saving someone else’s life by donating our own blood is a great feeling of happiness and pride. Happiness always has an impact on your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that feeling happy reduces production of the stress hormone and improves your immune system.

All the above-stated points on health benefits by blood donation will convince you that it is indeed a win-win situation to donate blood.


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