January is National Blood Donor Month, and the Holidays in general are a good time to donate blood and plasma. Donating blood and plasma is a relatively quick (about 90 minutes) and painless procedure. Many times, you can schedule a time with The Red Cross directly, or perhaps your office can schedule a time for the mobile blood donation clinic to come out. Donating blood can help several people. According the Red Cross, a single blood donation may be used by 3 people. As there is almost always a shortage of blood, you will be helping people that you will never meet; but you will have a profound impact on their life. In fact, 41,000 units of blood are needed EVERY DAY in the United States.
Donating Blood Can Save Your Life!
Here are some added benefits of donating blood, according to Health.com:
You Get a Mini Health Check-Up. You must complete a physical and questionnaire before donating, and your blood is tested for 13 different infectious diseases. Donors are contacted about abnormal test result and may require a follow up from your Physician. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE DONATING BLOOD FOR A REGULAR EXAM WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN!
You May Get Better Blood Flow. Sometimes blood is very thick and removing some of it in controlled setting may allow your blood to flow easier. This easier workload results in an 88% decrease in the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Regulation of Iron Levels. Too much iron in the blood can be bad for blood vessels and it also increases risk for stroke and heart attack. Not having enough Iron can also be bad, if you are Anemic (iron deficient), talk to your Doctor before donating blood.
You May Live a Longer Life. Those who donate altruistically (unselfishly) and regularly typically live 4 years longer than non-donors. With all of these great reasons, the only question is Why wouldn’t you dontate your blood?
Donating blood is almost always a good idea. Another great life-saving idea is to learn CPR from Home Hazard Prevention. We offer the best training in the Valley of the Sun as we employ only certified firefighters and paramedics to teach you. That means you get the best info available, by those that actually use it, and none of the ‘extra fluff’ to confuse you.
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