This week alone hundreds of people have been seriously injured between the Boston Bombing and the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Texas. That’s not counting all the other severely injured from other incidents around the world. But at a time like this everyone should go out and donate blood. It’s always needed and it could very easily save a life, who knows, the blood you donate could possibly save a family member and even you!
Here’s a few benefits
- By donating blood you increase the supply which may directly benefit you if you are hurt down the road and need blood your self.
- It gives you the opportunity to have a basic health screen at every donation visit which includes blood pressure, temperature, hemoglobin level, and heart rate. In addition many blood centers do additional testing after donation and will notify you of any abnormalities there.
- The letting of blood removes iron from the blood stream through increased red blood cell production which is a potential health benefit. It is believed that excess iron can cause cholesterol to oxidize quickly which damages arteries and contributes to heart disease.
- The mental health advantages of knowing that you are helping somebody are immeasurable, but a study of elderly people showed a definite increase in the feeling of well being and a general feeling of invigoration after donation.
To learn more about the donation process visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-process#t1