When was the last time you donated blood? If the answer is "never," or it’s been awhile, now is the perfect time to do so.
According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Hospitals use blood donations for accident victims, as well as cancer, organ transplant, and surgery patients. People with chronic illnesses need blood, too. Donating blood helps people of all ages and can very literally save a life.
Need Motivation to Donate Blood?
Here are 10 good reasons to roll up your sleeve.
You Help Others
Giving blood is one of the most selfless things you can do. Your donated blood can potentially help save up to three lives, according to the American Red Cross.
You'll be Among a Select Minority
Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets, so if you’re one of them, consider yourself among the chosen few.
Get a Free Health Check-up
Before you give blood, a nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin levels. The organization may also check for HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases. So it’s like getting a mini check-up, just for doing something good!
It Burns Calories
You can’t replace your regular sweat sesh with a blood donation, but you can burn about 650 calories while donating one pint of blood.
Your Body Makes New Blood
Think of it as a tune-up for your body. When you donate blood, you generate new blood. It takes about 24 hours to replace the plasma and 4-6 weeks to replace the red blood cells from your donation.
Improve Your Heart Health
Donating blood temporarily lowers the iron in your blood. Elevated levels of iron may increase the risk of heart disease in men. One study showed that men who donated blood at least once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attacks than men who were not donors.
Yours, that is! Giving blood can make you feel good about yourself, reduce stress and improve your emotional health.
Help ensure there's blood for UVA patients who need it by donating through the American Red Cross.
It Only Takes an Hour
The process of donating blood is simple and quick. You’ll likely be there about an hour, although the actual blood donation only takes about 10 minutes.
It Doesn’t Really Hurt
When the donation center employee puts the needle in your arm, you may feel a slight prick. But the process is relatively painless. And when you consider the benefits it provides, the minor discomfort is well worth it.
You May Need Blood One Day
About 25% of people will need blood at least once in their lives. Although there’s no direct correlation between giving blood and receiving it, you may be grateful for a donation one day, too.
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