It’s an established fact that blood donations experience a slight drop after the winter holidays. That’s why we would like to offer 13 very good reasons why you should be a blood donor in January!
- Lower risk of heart attacks and liver ailment
Blood donors that donate blood regularly decrease the risk of having a heart attack or liver ailments. The main cause of these problems are iron buildup in the body. By donating blood, you maintain the optimal level of iron in your body. Take the extra stepin reducing these risks during National Blood Donor Month.
- Lower your risks of cancer
Cancer is known as the most feared and deadly diseases of today! When donating blood this National Blood Donor Month, you reduce the risk of developing liver, lung or intestinal cancer which is achieved through well-balanced iron levels in your body.
- Replenish your blood cells
When you donate blood, your body naturally wants to restore the ‘lost’ blood volume. It does so by creating new blood cells. Newer blood cells can perform better. Similarly, like changing the oil in your car. It’s beneficial for better ‘performance’.
- Lower risk of hemochromatosis
Increase absorption of iron in your body (that iron again) can lead to various illnesses and infections. That’s why doctors tightly control how much iron is absorbed in your body. One of the most common results of iron buildup is developing Hemochromatosis. Well-balanced levels of iron can significantly reduce the risk of this disease and one of the easiest ways (without medication) to keep your iron levels ‘in check’ is by donating blood.
- Weight management
People that are overweight are highly recommended to become blood donors, if possible. Donating blood helps your weight loss and burns up to 650 calories of fat. You can start your regular blood donor routine this National Blood Donor Month!
- Premature aging
Aside from losing weight, donating blood also reduces your stress levels. And we are well familiar with the fact that high-stress level is one of the main causes of premature aging. National Blood Donor Month can be your starting point to a less stressful life and better, tighter and wrinkle-free skin.
- Faster healing process
As previously discussed, during blood donation you lose some of your blood cells that your body then tries to replenish. This adjustment process is very beneficial for the healing process. In case you get injured, being a regular blood donor can contribute to faster wound healing.
- Medical checkup
Before each donation, every blood donor receives a routine checkup. Your doctor will check your body temperature, breathing, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin levels. It’s a great way to get an overall assessment of your health! Furthermore, your blood gets tested for various diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B &C, Syphilis etc. So why not use this cost-free checkup this National Blood Donor Month?
- Save a life!
When donating blood, you’re potentially saving someone’s life. Blood donations are critical for trauma patients, those that undergo various surgeries and those with rare blood disorders or cancer. 90% of the people are eligible to be donors, but not all of them become. One thing is certain,there is always a need for blood donors.
- It doesn’t have to be a one-time thing
Even though National Blood Donor Month occurs only once a year, you are able to donate blood more often than that. Depending on the type of donation (whole blood donation or apheresis donation) you can donate blood every 8 weeks (so basically six times per year) or every three months (4 times per year). Something you can share easily can make a huge difference in someone else’s life!
- It takes no time
The entire process of donating your blood takes about an hour. Even if from that hour, the actual donating process takes about 10-15 minutes. The rest goes towards medical checkups. It’s highly recommended to have a meal or snack before you donate blood and to avoid donating if you’re not feeling well. After donation, you should eat and drink plenty of fluids to replace the volume.