World Blood Donor Day 2022: Know the Many Health Benefits of Donating Blood | Health
World Blood Donor Day 2022: Donating blood is not only a noble act that helps save lives and manage certain health conditions, but it also comes with its own set of health benefits for the donor. Helping others can reduce stress and improve emotional well-being. Donating blood also helps create new blood cells, reduces the risk of heart attack and liver disease, lowers cholesterol and even slows aging. (Also read: World Blood Donor Day: Is donating blood after Covid vaccination safe? Expert busts common myths)
“Despite many efforts by scientists, we have not been able to find a suitable blood substitute. Any significant blood loss can be life-threatening and the blood loss must be replaced with blood which must necessarily come from another human being.Severe blood loss can occur in traffic accidents, major life-saving surgeries – including heart, liver and kidney transplants, during childbirth and regular transfusions are required in conditions diseases such as anemia, thalassemia, leukemia and malignant organ tumors,” says Dr. Ramesh C Khurana, Head of Department -Blood Bank, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, New Delhi.
Who can donate blood safely?
Regular, repeated, unpaid, voluntary blood donation by healthy male and female donors between the ages of 18 and 65 with a hemoglobin level greater than 12.5 g percent is considered safe, as they undergo repeated medical examinations, including safety tests against blood-borne diseases, says Dr. Khurana.
Benefits of donating blood
According to Dr. Khurana, donating blood has emotional and physical health benefits.
According to a report by the Mental Health Foundation, helping others can reduce stress, improve your emotional well-being, benefit your physical health, help release negative feelings, provide a sense of belonging, and reduce stress. ‘isolation.
Other health benefits of donating blood include:
• Reduces risk of heart attack and liver disease
• Formation of new blood cells
• Reduced risk of hemochromatosis
• Helps maintain weight
• Helps prevent premature aging
• Accelerates the healing process
• Lower cholesterol levels
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