Why blood donation
Why It Is Good For Your Health?
- Regular blood donations help to keep the levels of iron in the body in check too. This has been known to reduce heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and other health issues.
- Blood donation has also been shown to lower the risk of cancer. Consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks for cancers, including liver, lung, colon, stomach, and throat cancers.
- Replenishing blood can also be good for the body. Donation allows for the replenishment of the donor’s blood supply, which helps the donor’s body stay healthy, function more efficiently, and work productively, because the old blood is removed, and the donor’s body then creates new blood.
Why Giving Blood Truly Does Matter?
- Being blood donor, at the very least, you can take pride in the fact that your blood donation might have kept someone alive long enough to say goodbye to their loved one.
- Blood donation has the power to improve the physical living conditions of those who are sick and dying. Isn’t that something to consider when donating blood?
- Being donor you are granting time and extending life to someone who might not be on this Earth for much longer. You are giving them and their families that opportunity for real closure.
Who should donate?
- Donor should be an age group of 18 to 60 years
- Donor weight should be 45 kgs or more
- Donor hemoglobin should be 12.5 gm% minimum
- Donor last blood donation should be 3 or more months earlier
- Donor should be healthy and have not suffered from malaria, typhoid or other transmissible disease in the recent past.
Who shouldn’t donate?
- Donor should not suffer any cold / fever in the past 1 week.
- Donor should not be under treatment with antibiotics or any other medication.
- Donor should not have cardiac problems, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes (on insulin therapy), history of cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease, bleeding tendencies, venereal disease etc.
- Donor should not have gone with major surgery in the last 6 months.
- Donor should not have gone through any vaccination in the last 24 hours.
- Donor should not have a miscarriage in the last 6 months or have been pregnant / lactating in the last one year.
- Donor shouldn’t have fainting attacks during last donation.
- Donor shouldn’t have regularly received treatment with blood products.
- Donor shouldn’t have shared a needle to inject drugs/ have history of drug addiction.
- Donor shouldn’t had sexual relations with different partners or with a high risk individual.
- Donor shouldn’t have been tested positive for antibodies to HIV.
What should you do BEFORE you give blood?
- Donor should eat a good breakfast or lunch. But avoid fatty foods. They can affect some of the tests done on donated blood to make sure it’s safe.
- Donor should drink plenty of fluids.
- Donor should get plenty of sleep the night before.
What should you do AFTER Donating Blood?
- Water: It is important for the person to drink 2 glasses of water 1 hour before blood donation. This helps a lot for people who tend to faint after the donation process
- Beverages: He/she should make it a point to consume additional beverages after donating blood during the entire day. Make sure that the beverages are non-alcoholic. The hydration levels of the body can be known with the help of urine colour. If the colour of the urine is dark then it is an indication that that the body requires more of liquids.
- Foods: The donor should eat full meals just few hours after blood donation as the food taken helps in rebuilding the volume of iron levels, red blood cells and plasma.
- Iron: It is important for the person to eat foods rich in iron for a week after donating blood. Include foods like green leafy vegetables, meat, organic meats, whole grains and dried fruits in your diet.