Blood donation stations seem to be popping up all around, regardless of the season. To donate blood you do not need a special reason, you just need to have the will to. Some people give blood because they know someone who has had blood given to them. Others give blood because they were asked to or they believe it is the right thing to do. Anyone would be satisfied with the fact that they can save lives by donating blood, but did you know it is also healthy to donate blood?
Potential health benefits
The process of donating blood includes a small physical exam. This screening includes checking your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and hemoglobin, which are cells in your body that carry oxygen. This extra check-up can help catch certain underlying diseases early.
Studies have shown that, in general, Americans tend to eat a lot of iron, more than they need to for good health. Americans who eat too much iron are at higher risk of having damage to their body. These risks include chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. If you eat too much iron, donating some of the blood can get rid of the extra iron. Another benefit is that some studies are showing there may be a reduced risk of cancer in people who donate blood.
Overall, between a feeling of joy and added health benefits, donating blood is a great way to help others!
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