World blood donor day is celebrated globally every year to raise awareness of the importance of giving blood. The global event is aimed at raising awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. It is also a day to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
Blood transfusions are high priority procedures because of how time sensitive they are. Patients in need of blood transfusions need them quickly because of the situation they are in.
Transfusion of blood can help patients who suffer from life-threatening illnesses live longer and aid them in becoming healthier.
Not only is donating blood beneficial to the person you are donating to but it is also beneficial for your own health.
Some health benefits that come with donating blood include:
According to the University of California researchers, donating one pint of blood (450 ml) helps your body burns about 650 calories. Although this is in no means a healthy way to lose weight, donating blood every so often can help keep the weight off.
Donating blood helps prevent or reduce your risk of developing hemochromatosis, a condition that occurs due to excess absorption of iron by the body.
Reduced heart disease risk
Regular blood donation helps in keep your iron levels in check. An excessive iron buildup in the body can cause oxidative damage, which is a huge trigger for heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases.
Lowers cancer risk
High levels of iron in the body are linked to an increased risk of cancer. Donating blood occasionally will keep your iron levels healthy.
Enhances new blood cell production
Blood donation helps to enhance the production of new blood cells.
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