world blood donor day

Every year on June 14, countries across the world celebrates World Blood Donor Day(WBDD). Why do we need to celebrate this day? The answer is simple. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness among people on the need for safe blood and blood products and also to thank blood donors for saving millions every year. Now let’s take a closer look at the health benefits that blood donation offers. 

Blood Donation

Every day blood transfusions take place all around the world, saving millions of lives. But some of us are still nervous when it comes to donating our blood. The main reason behind this could be attributed to the lack of knowledge and realisation that we have. One thing to remember is, donating blood is good for the donor as well as the receiver. It is essential to ensure that blood donation takes place in a hospital, clinic or blood bank and also must be under the supervision of a medical expert. It is also essential for the donor to stay healthy and fit before offering their blood. 

It is important to know that blood cannot be manufactured and people are the only source of it. This is why blood donation is crucial in helping others which also comes with the benefit of helping ourselves by having a positive influence on our health. Every year blood donors help people suffering from cancer, bleeding disorders, chronic anaemia, sickle cell anaemia and other hereditary blood issues. 

Before initiating the collection of blood, a medical check-up or a mini health exam must be done and should include a checklist for diseases related to blood pressure and other infectious diseases. People with medical conditions such as AIDS and hepatitis should not donate blood. People with cancer, diabetes, flu and cold must consult an experienced medical examiner before undergoing blood donation. It is recommended that pregnant women must also seek expert advice before going in. 

Health benefits of donating blood

Blood donation not only saves the receiver’s life but also helps the donor in maintaining his health. So let us look at some of the benefits of blood donation.

Prevents the risk of hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a health condition that takes shape when the body starts to absorb the excess amount of iron from the body. Regular blood donation helps the donor by helping in reducing the iron overload. 

Benefit against cancer

Blood donation aids in lowering the risk of cancer. Donating blood helps in the healthy maintenance of iron level in the body which further reduces the risk of having cancer.

Loss of weight

Regular blood donation reduces the weight of the donors and this is useful to those who are obese or are at higher risk of having cardiovascular diseases. One should consult a doctor before donating blood as it is not advised to do it frequently. 

Helps in the production of blood cells

To replenish the loss of blood during the donation the body starts to stimulate the production of new blood cells. This helps the donor’s body to stay healthy and fit.

Things to remember

If there are any health issues or concerns, it’s better to consult a doctor before donating blood. Always try to have a healthy diet prior to donating. Also, try not to dehydrate the body by having a lot of fluids. It should be informed to the authorities if the donor is undergoing any treatment or is having some medication. 

Winston Churchill once said, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”.

What gives a better feeling than saving someone’s life? Don’t hesitate to help others if you can. Set yourself as an example and inspire others too. Because you could be the hero of someone’s life.

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