Consider a Different Type of Holiday Gift: Blood Donation

The holiday season is a time when we reflect on what makes us grateful: perhaps family, friends, or good health. Donating blood is a great way to pass on the gift of health to someone in need.

Blood donation is an excellent way to reduce the amount of iron that accumulates in your body. While iron is a necessary mineral, excess iron can damage body tissues and oxidize cholesterol, which is harmful for the arteries. Studies have shown regular blood donation can also improve circulation and reduce the risk of heart disease. When you give blood, you’ll also lower blood cholesterol and may even shed a few extra calories.

About 40% of U.S. adults are physically able to donate blood, but only 10% do. Every time you donate blood, you could save as many as three lives. And the benefits go beyond helping save the lives of others. When you donate, that voluntary act of kindness can actually support your own well-being!

Health Screening
Donors are asked to share a brief health history and are screened for basic physical health before donation. You’ll learn your blood pressure, body temperature, cholesterol, and hemoglobin levels.

If you are interested in becoming a blood donor, it is important to first check with your doctor to ensure you are healthy enough and are not at high risk for dizziness, nausea, or fainting.

To find out where you can donate blood in your area, visit the American Red Cross.

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