Now is a great time to get out and give blood, but is it always?
For some people, giving blood regularly can be even more important than others, but it has a pretty impressive list of health benefits for everyone, especially as we get older. Those of you who are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath (especially during exertion), dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness (particularly when changing directions quickly), increased heart rate, headaches and pale skin, you likely have high red blood cell counts (Hemoglobin) which means you should really consider giving blood. In addition to eliminating the previous symptoms, donating blood (typically only 1 pint) has also been shown to:
Reduce Risk of Heart disease
Reduce risk of heart attacks and Strokes
Lower harmful iron stores
Ever reduce cancer risks (liver, lung, colon, throat)
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that participants ages 43 to 61 had fewer heart attacks and strokes when they donated blood every six months. In another study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that those who donated blood only once a year had an 88 PERCENT lower risk of heart attacks than those who did not donate!!
For me, personally, I have been extremely guilty of avoiding it because it has a temporary impact on cardio output and how hard I can train afterwards (ridiculous, unless you’re days out of competition)... of course that logic is extremely short-sided and potentially dangerous. Although my hemoglobin was within “range” medically, it was elevated enough and that donating immediately eliminated some of the symptoms I listed above.
In the end, there are no negatives to donating blood and a laundry list of positives.
Thanks to OneBlood for doing what you do and for making the process so easy and positive! I’ll see you again in 6 months!