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Four Unexpected Benefits of Donating Blood

Blood Donation Benefits

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  • Repeated blood donations may help your blood to flow better, reducing viscosity, and possibly helping to limit damage to the lining of your blood vessels, which should result in fewer arterial blockages
  • Every blood donor gets a “mini physical” prior to donation to check blood pressure, hemoglobin, and temperature, along with testing for 13 infectious diseases
  • People who volunteer for altruistic reasons, i.e. to help others rather than themselves, live longer than those who volunteer for more self-centered reasons
  • For each unit of blood donated, you lose about one-quarter of a gram of iron, which is one of the best ways to avoid the health risks associated with iron overload
  • Your body has a limited capacity to excrete iron, so it can easily build up in and damage organs like your liver, heart, and pancreas; many adult men and postmenopausal women are at risk for health problems associated with excess iron

By Dr. Mercola

Most people donate blood because they want to help others, and, indeed, donating blood a single time may help save the lives of up to three people. Still, less than 10 percent of the US population eligible to donate blood actually does so every year.


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