Scientists estimates that 7% of human body weight is composed of blood. That percentage seem insignificant, but when we do lose blood it can lead to loss of life. You can save someone’s life – donate blood!
My son was born premature and he needed blood transfusion to replenish all the blood that is being collected from him daily due to various tests. I would like to thank the blood donors whoever they may be. Their blood is one of the reasons why my son is growing healthy today.
Why donate blood?
A healthy human body replenish plasma within 24 hours and about six weeks for red blood cells. It means that we will get it back. Donating blood instead of selling it also have its benefits in some countries. Like in the Philippines, a donor can get blood for free when it is needed as opposed to paying for it.
Who can donate blood?
Blood donors are generally tested first to check for suitability. You may donate blood if you are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and are 17 years or older (may vary depending on country regulation). Here are some basic factors considered when determining eligibility to donate blood.
- Blood Pressure
- Body Piercing
- Cold and Flu
- Travel History
Health benefits of donating blood
I used to donate blood myself. Other than being able to help those who need it, I found out that donating blood can also be beneficial to donors:
- Prevents haemochromatosis
- Reduce risk of Cancer
- Reduce risk of damage to liver and pancreas
- Aids weight loss
- Stimulates new blood cell production
Be a hero, donate blood. You may not know it but the blood you give may just end up saving someone else’s life. Contact your nearest Red Cross or you nearest health care agency to find out how you can donate.