The Benefits of Blood Donation

Olateju Michael, managing director, ADREBS Medical Blood, located in both at Orelope, Egbeda in Lagos and Awolowo Avenue, in Ifo, Ogun state, inspired this article.

Blood donations have a lot of amazing health benefits for Blood donors. Among these benefits are:

1. REDUCES CANCER RISK.

Not too many people know that donating blood is associated with lowered risks of cancers, including liver, lungs, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk level drops in correlation with the regularity of blood donations.

That means the more you donate, the lower your risk of developing cancer. A 2014 study in CANCER RESEARCH found that high iron levels in the blood were associated with a 25% increased risk of all Cancers and 39% increase in the risk if dying from Cancer. As a rule, it is safe to donate every 55 days.

REDUCES HEART ATTACK RISK.

High iron levels in the blood have long been cited as a risk factor for heart attack. Regular blood donors can reduce that risk. Research shows that men who donate regularly over many years have an 88% lower risk of heart attack and. 33% lower risk of any severe cardiovascular event such as a stroke.

PROMOTES MENTAL WELLNESS.

Donating blood can improve emotional health. According Mental Health Foundation, doing good for others is also good for psyche. The feeling of the joy of saving someone’s life when you donate blood can boost mental mood and make you feel a responsible person, hence a sense of inclusion in the society because you just saved a life!

PREVENTS HEMOCHROMATOSIS.

Health benefits of blood donation include a reduced risk of hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a health condition that arises due to excess absorption of iron by the body.

This may be inherited or may be caused due to alcoholism, anemia or other disorders. Regular blood donation helps in reducing iron overload.

WEIGHT LOSS.

Regular blood donation reduces the weight of the donors. This is helpful for those who are obese and are at a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and other health disorders. However, blood donation should not be very frequent and you may consult your doctor before donating blood to avoid any health issues.

STIMULATE RED BLOOD CELL PRODUCTION.

After donating blood, the body works to replenish the blood loss. This stimulates the production of new blood cells and, in turn, helps in maintaining good health.

REDUCES CHOLESTEROL LEVEL IN THE BLOOD.

Donating blood burns calories. When donating blood, you are removing 225 to 250 mg of iron from your body, thereby reducing your risk of health complications. ADREBS is a government approved.

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