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what is the benefits of blood donation ?

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Donating blood is one of the best things in the world

Donating blood is one of the best things in the world. World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on June 14 to honor those who selflessly donate blood. The event also serves to spread awareness about safe blood and its necessity. The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2024 was ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Donation: Thank You, Blood Donors!’

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the event’s 20th anniversary is not only a timely opportunity to thank blood donors, but also an important moment to address ongoing challenges and accelerate progress toward a safer blood future.

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The selfless act of donating blood can save many lives and benefit many recipients, did you know that blood donation also offers several benefits to the donor? According to experts, blood donation has many benefits. Let’s find out-

Maintains good mental health
The most important thing about donating blood is that it saves lives. Each donor’s blood can be used by up to three different people who need transfusions or other blood products. Doing this selflessly creates a sense of fulfillment and positivity. which improves mental health. Donating blood can help reduce stress, provide a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of loneliness.

Mini health screening
Some physical tests and screenings are required before donating blood. This includes checking pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and hemoglobin levels. A doctor reviews your clinical history and conducts a health assessment. This gives you a small health check. Which helps to understand if you are at risk of a disease.

Free blood analysis
Donating blood also gets you a free blood test, which checks for HIV, hepatitis B and C infections, as well as diseases like syphilis. If the blood donor has any problems, it is reported so that he can undergo additional health checks.

Prevention of heart disease
Regular blood donation helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by lowering iron levels in the blood, which reduces oxidative stress. It prevents damage to the cardiovascular system. A 2022 study published in the journal Transfusion Medicine Reviews found that blood donation works to fight heart disease. But more high-quality research is needed to definitively determine whether blood donation affects heart disease risk.

Reduced cancer risk
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that low iron levels in the blood may affect cancer risk. The researchers found that those who underwent iron reduction therapy or phlebotomy had a lower risk of developing new visceral cancers than the control group. Donating blood also reduces the body’s iron stores, which suggests that keeping iron levels under control can lower the risk of cancer.

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