Before donating blood, donors undergo a screening process that includes a mini-physical examination and various blood tests. This screening can detect underlying health conditions, said Dr Ganesh Jaishetwar, Consultant Hematologist, Hemato-Oncologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician, Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad.
Every year June 14th is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) by countries around the world. The day is observed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood donation and to encourage the voluntary spirit of blood donors. Blood donation not only helps save the lives of people but also provides health benefits to the donors. Below are a few frequently asked questions that you might have in your mind about blood donation.
Is blood donation safe?
Yes, blood donation is considered a safe procedure when performed in a proper medical environment by trained healthcare professionals.
How frequently can one donate blood?
“The frequency of blood donation in males is 3 months and females is 4 months.
What are the health benefits of blood donation?
Blood donation is a selfless act that not only helps others in need but also provides several health benefits for the donors themselves. Here are some of the health benefits associated with blood donation.
Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases: Regular blood donation helps maintain healthy blood viscosity and reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It helps in controlling the levels of iron in the blood, which can be beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
Improved blood flow: Donating blood helps in maintaining good blood flow and prevents the accumulation of excessive iron in the body. This can reduce the risk of various health conditions related to iron overload, such as hemochromatosis.
Increased production of new blood cells: When you donate blood, your body works to replenish the lost blood by producing new blood cells. This process stimulates the production of new red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, which can help improve overall blood cell function.
Detection of underlying health conditions: Before donating blood, donors undergo a screening process that includes a mini-physical examination and various blood tests. This screening can detect underlying health conditions such as anemia, high blood pressure, and certain infectious diseases. Identifying these conditions early on allows donors to seek appropriate medical care and treatment.
Weight management: Regular blood donation can aid in weight control. Donating blood burns approximately 650 calories for every pint donated. While it’s not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet, it can be a contributing factor in weight management efforts.
Psychological benefits: Donating blood has been associated with psychological benefits such as an increased sense of well-being and a reduction in stress. Altruistic acts like blood donation can provide a sense of purpose and satisfaction, leading to positive mental health outcomes.