The Surprising Health Benefits of Donating Blood

Any blood donors in the house? Did you know giving blood has many health benefits for the donor?

With my son’s help, I gave blood at the OneBlood donation center. This time, I did the “Alyx” donation, which is a double red blood cell donation. The platelets and plasma are returned to me (hence the yellow bag behind me.)

It also benefits the donor too. It is believed to help reduce the risk of cancer and hemochromatosis. It also helps in reducing the risk of damage to the liver and pancreas.

They also check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, for various blood abnormalities and if you’ve had exposure to the covid virus. This is really great, because it gives you a checkup, letting you know if everything is ok. Your blood is tested for the following:

  • ABO Typing – provides determination of Blood type: A, B, O, or AB.
  • Rh Factor Determination – indicates positive or negative Blood type.
  • Syphilis – screens for this dangerous venereal disease.
  • Blood Group Antibodies – indicates unexpected antibodies that may be a result of prior transfusion, pregnancy or other factors.
  • Antibody to HTLV – 1 and 2 – indicates the antibody to a virus that causes adult T-cell leukemia, among other things.
  • Antibody to HIV 1 and 2 – indicates an infection with Human Immune deficiency Virus.
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen – indicates a present infection (hepatitis) or carrier state of hepatitis B virus.
  • Antibody to Hepatitis C Virus – indicates antibody to a virus that causes hepatitis C (responsible for non-A non-B hepatitis.) The mean incubation time is six to eight weeks.
  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) – identifies a liver enzyme that, when increased, may indicate undetectable forms of hepatitis

If you are able to give blood, you should. It has many benefits for both you and ESPECIALLY the person receiving it. Many of us want to give and help others, but may not have the money or time. A blood donation takes 15 minutes, and can be a lifesaver. Contact ONEBLOOD today about giving a donation. You’ll be glad you did!

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