Everybody has been talking about voluntary blood donation for the past couple of years.
Awareness about blood donation has no doubt gone up; and this is quite evident with the fact that the number of people coming in for voluntary blood donations has drastically risen over a decade's time.
However, despite the awareness, still the demand for blood is exceeding the supply.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) also stresses on voluntary blood donation further, so that there is sufficient supply of blood for the needy patients whose lives are dependent on it.
It isn't just about donating blood but ensuring safe blood donation is yet another major cause of concern.
A single unit of blood donated could be beneficial for multiple patients. Apart from being used as a whole blood, it can also be separated into different components - red blood cells, blood platelets or plasma, etc, and used for treating several diseases.
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However, many are still not aware about the exact health benefits that come in with donating blood.
Today, on this World Blood Donor's Day, Boldsky points out 8 essential health benefits of blood donation that might be helpful for everyone. Have a look:
1. Helps Reduce Risk Of Cancer:
When we donate blood, the iron level in the body gets maintained. The reduction of iron stores and iron in the body, while giving blood, can reduce the risk of cancer.
2. Helps Reduce Risk For Liver And Pancreas Damage:
When the iron level in the body is in excess, it increases the risk for liver failure and damage to the pancreas. Hence, donating blood helps in getting rid of the extra iron; and this in turn helps reduce the risk for liver and pancreas damage.
3. Helps In Reducing Excess Iron Level:
When there is shortage of iron in the body, it leads to anaemia; however, when there is an excessive amount of iron in the body, it affects our vital organs. Regularly donating blood thus helps in reducing the overload of iron and helps prevent several diseases.
4. Helps In Reducing Heart Problem:
Blood donation helps in maintaining the iron levels and reduces the risk of heart-related problems and also maintains the heart rhythms.
5. Aids In Weight Loss:
Donating blood aids in weight loss and helps burn the extra calories, which is helpful for those who are obese and are at a risk of developing heart problems.
6. Helps Better The Blood Flow:
When you donate blood at regular intervals, it helps in a better blood circulation and flow throughout the body. This, in turn, helps prevent any arterial blockage and damage to the blood vessels.
7. Stimulates The Production Of New Blood Cells:
Regular blood donation helps stimulate the production of new blood cells, which make up for the blood loss and thus help in maintaining your overall health and well-being.
8. Psychological Benefits:
Donating blood also gives you a psychological satisfaction that you are helping someone who is in need of blood and you'll also feel happy to know that it is saving someone's life.