Health benefits of donating blood
Donating Blood does not have any side effects on your health. In turn, there are
several benefits of donating Blood.
Some of them are listed below
Reduce 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. Regular blood donation helps especially
males in loosing iron on regular basis. It helps in reducing the chance of heart
attack to one third.
Enhance the production of new Red Blood Cells
As the blood is withdrawn from the donors body
there is decrease in blood cells. To replenish it, immediately
new cells are produced by marrow and this way blood gets refreshed. Therefore
donating blood helps in stimulating generation of new blood cells.
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. Though this problem is uncommon in Indians,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Universal donors and universal recipients
With regard to transfusions of whole blood or packed red blood cells, individuals
with type O Rh D negative blood are often called universal
donors, and those with type AB Rh D positive blood
are called universal recipients; however, these terms are only
generally true with respect to possible reactions of the recipient's anti-A
and anti-B antibodies to transfused red blood cells, and also possible sensitization
to Rh D antigens.