Donating blood is good for donor, recipient

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Monday, February 20, 2012


IT HAS always been said we should donate blood to help save lives, but the truth is, not only does it save a life but it is also good for the donor. Donating blood lowers the iron levels in the body which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

According to CNN, high blood iron levels have the potential to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease because iron accelerates the oxidation process of cholesterol in the body, which damages arteries.

Iron levels aren't the only factor that plays a role in a person's risk of heart disease, but there are certainly no downsides to lowering blood iron levels by donating blood regularly. Secondly, donating blood also reduce cancer risk.

According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks for cancers including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk levels dropped in correlation with how often participants donated blood.

Another benefit of donating blood is that it reduce heart attack risk, and improve cardiovascular health. Florida Blood Services reports that regular blood donors who donate regularly over years have an 88 percent lower risk of heart attacks and a 33 percent lower risk of any severe
cardiovascular event, such as a stroke.

And then, donating blood replenishes blood and help the body function more efficiently by allowing it to replenish blood supply regularly.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reports that when you donate blood, your body replaces the blood volume within 48 hours of donation, and all of the red blood cells you lose during donation are completely replaced within four to eight weeks. This process of replenishment can help the body stay healthy and work more efficiently and productively.

Knowing that there is great demand for blood to meet the different needs brought about by accidents, surgery, trauma, and blood diseases among others, and that donating blood is good for the body, Holiday Gym once again partnered with Philippine Red Cross-Davao Chapter last February 16 and held a blood donation day for its staff and members. This has already been a part of Valentine's celebration of Holiday Gym for the past 8 years, and is also held every August as part of their anniversary celebration.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 21, 2012.

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