HEALTH BENEFITS OF DONATING BLOOD


 

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Did you know that you can reduce your risk of heart disease and save a life at the same time? That’s right! According to studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack and 33% less likely to suffer any type of cardiovascular event. Why is that? Well, researchers aren’t 100% sure, but believe it may be due to either one of two things.

The first theory is that blood donors must be considered “healthy” before they roll up their sleeve, so they are less likely to suffer heart disease because they are already in good health and probably have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels that non-blood donors.

The second theory is that iron has a significant impact on atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When you give blood you are removing 225 to 250 milligrams of iron from your system, thus cutting your risk of heart disease.

Pre-menopausal women tend to have half of the amount of iron as men because they lose iron every month through menstruation. Coincidentally, they also suffer half as many heart attacks.

However, once a woman goes through menopause her risk of heart attack increases, but donating blood can reduce that risk.

In addition to depleting iron levels, when you donate blood we give you a free mini-physical and let you know your blood pressure as well as you cholesterol levels-two major risk factors when it comes to heart disease.

While scientists are researching why donating blood reduces the risk of heart attack, one thing is clear-donating blood has many benefits to the donor as well as the recipient. So, if you want to pick up a healthy habit, head over to your local blood center and give the gift of life.

Plus, when donors give blood they receive a cholesterol test and a mini-physical that can catch certain illnesses in the early stages.

Nepali blood centers tests blood from donors for numerous diseases including HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B as well as Hepatitis C.

Donate Blood and Save Lives!

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Source: http://www.oneblood.org/media/nancys-news/20376-Health-Benefits-of-Donating-Blood.stml

Blood Donation Camps

  • An emergency blood donation camp was organised by Rotaract District Nepal and Children for Green New Nepal on 12th Oct 2014 at Mangalbazar. The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mahatma Chameli Baiji, Lata Baiji from Nepal Manav Dharma Sewa Samiti  and Mrs. Mahendra Bilash Joshi, president of Blood Donors Association. About 49 pints of blood was collected during the event.

    Usually, there is acute shortage of blood in the blood bank during Dashain Tihar holidays when majority of the people are not available in the valley. To overcome such shortage, these kind of emergency blood donation camps plays a very important role to those who are in real need of blood even when there is shortage of blood in the blood bank.

  • World Blood Donor Day donation camp

    2070/2/25, Saturday, 10:00 AM

    A blood donation camp was held at Bhimsengola on the occassion of World Blood Donor Day 2013.  The program was jointly organised by Subharambha Youth Club and Prayeshwor Youth Club under the supervision of Blood Donors Association Nepal. Co-organizers for the event were Youth for Human Rights International Nepal Chapter, Listeren’s Club Nepal, Desh Darshan, Scouting 4Peace and Mirmire Yuba Samaj.

    The programs aimed to collect 200 pints of blood.

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