5 Advantages of being a Blood Donor
Every year on the 14 of June, we celebrate and raise awareness around the matter of safe Blood Donation. Blood is an important resource and is used for planned and unplanned medical procedures. If every person eligible gives blood regularly, we will have enough bloodstock should an emergency arise.
Other than the capability of saving 3 lives per donation, did you know that blood donation is advantageous for your own health? Here are the top 5 reasons Blood Donation is good for you:
- Reduced Cancer Risks
People who donate blood regularly run a lesser risk of different types of cancers.
- Free Health Check Up
When you go to donate blood, you don’t only get a free blood pressure and haemoglobin check-up, you are screened for blood diseases like hepatitis, syphilis and HIV. Should you test positive for any of these, you will be informed privately and will not be allowed to donate.
- Burn Calories
You can burn up to 650 calories per 450ml of blood donated. And we don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to burn some calories J
- Improved Cardiovascular Health
Donating blood results in the decrease of the iron level of the blood. This can lessen the severity of a heart attack by 88%. People who donate regularly also lower their risks of stroke and other cardiovascular disease.
- Development of New Red Blood Cells
From the time you donate blood, your body starts producing new red blood cells to replenish the ones lost. The production of new red Blood Cells helps keep you more healthy and productive.
So what’s stopping you? Give Blood. Give now. Give often.
Call SANBS on 0800 11 90 31 or if you are in the Western Cape, contact WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) on 021 507 6300 to find out where you can donate.
World Blood Donors Day – 14 June 2017
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