Why Donating Blood Is Good For Everyone Involved

Do you know your own blood type ? This is a question that is imperative to know for the health and safety of yourself, as well as those around you. Sadly, the number of people in the U.S. alone that have absolutely no clue as to the answer of this question, is alarmingly high.blood drive

A simple and easy way to find out the answer to this, as well as to ensure that you are in great physical order, is to donate blood. The number of reasons as to why donating blood is a great and wonderful thing are simply too many to list. However, one great thing about doing so is helping others; this is especially true for those of you out there that have a universally rare blood type. A completely free process, donating blood is as simple as finding your local blood bank and setting up an appointment.

Below are some requirements needed in order to donate, and information on just why donating blood can benefit you and so many others in need.

Who is Eligible To Donate Blood?

There are just a few basic qualifications that need to be met in order to donate blood: weighing at least 110 pounds, being over the age of 17 and in good physical health. Some other requirements that are important to be met are things like an adequate iron count and normal blood pressure. Upon donating blood, those who will be taking the blood will run through all of these and more with you.

Keep Track of Your Health

Being eligible to give blood typically means that you are considered to be in great condition as far as your physical health is concerned. From blood pressure, to platelet count, giving blood allows you to keep track of just how healthy you are internally.

Replenish Your Own Blood

Giving blood generally means that you’ll be losing roughly a pint of blood each session; however, this isn’t as scary as it sounds, seeing as the body is unique in its ability to replenish the fluids lost in no time at all. Giving the body a chance to regenerate, so to speak, means that you are also creating fresh new blood cells to help the body stay strong and transport oxygen far more effectively in the process.

Universal Donors

Finding out your blood type could potentially mean that you save quite a few lives in the process. If you happen to have the rare blood type O-negative, it means that you classify as a universal donor and can give to absolutely anyone. It is estimated that roughly seven percent of the population falls under the category of being a universal donor.

 

 

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