In addition to horror, there's also other recognition surrounding blood donation. Some claim that their body weights increase when donating. Some are recovered from allergies. Even, some say not just once to donate if you don't want your blood pressure to rise.
From the medical point, an act of donating blood is a good habit for donor's health. One of them, regular blood donation means, you perform health checks as well because before, you must first be examined in full health.
Many diseases that sometimes have no symptoms, such as high blood pressure, are discovered accidentally in routine examinations, i.e. within an interval at least 56 days.
So, it's not correct to say that we'd donate blood constantly to prevent hypertension. What right is if it's done regularly, our health will be checked too through inspection before donating blood.
Why should donating blood be performed routinely? Blood we donate can be expired when not in use. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days. Platelets must be used within five days, and plasma can be frozen and used within a period of one year.
In addition, blood donation will help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and other problems. Donating blood will reduce the excess iron in the body. Iron overload has been implicated to cause abnormalities in the heart. The excess will make the bad cholesterol form atherosclerosis. The reduced number of heart disease problems is especially seen in donors who don't smoke.
In women who have undergone menopause, iron in the blood is higher than when they're menstruating. That's because iron is issued at the time of menstruation. So, in postmenopausal women, too much iron can be removed by way of donating blood.
If the blood donation is done two to three times a year, or once every four months, blood viscosity is expected to decrease, thereby reducing the likelihood of blood vessel blockage. Production system of blood cells, also, will continue to be triggered to produce the new that carries oxygen to tissues throughout the body.
A good blood circulation will improve metabolism and revitalize the body.
A smooth formation cycle of new blood cells and a well running metabolism make a variety of diseases can be avoided. However, donating blood won't make someone recover from allergic diseases.
For 24 hours after the donation, blood volume returns to normal. Blood cells will be set back within four to eight weeks. Thus, the donor doesn't have to worry about blood shortages. Donating blood, in any way, won't diminish the strength of the body.
In fact, people who had once been diagnosed with anemia, if the condition has improved, they can donate blood. People diagnosed with anemia don't mean, they'll suffer a lifetime.
What about age restrictions? It's because there's an opinion, they younger than 21 years old or over 65 can't be a donor. Indeed, people aged between 17 to 75 years old can do it. In fact, after more than 75 years old too, when declared healthy and allowed by the physician, they can still donate blood.
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