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How is donating blood good for your health?

How is donating blood good for your health?

Not much: Its good for your spirit. Blood has its own way of replenishing itself. All blood cells have limited life span, after which, the spleen degrades them naturally. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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If blood donation is good for health?

If blood donation is good for health?

Yes!: Donating blood is one of the best things men can do for their health. This is because iron is a pro-oxidant, increasing risk of heart disease & cancer. Donating blood reduces our iron load. One study found men who donate blood once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attack! it also lowers risk of several types of cancer! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good things to eat prior to blood donation?

Could you tell me what are good things to eat prior to blood donation?

~1hr before...: ...A light snack and prehydrate with about 1/2-1 liter of your preferred beverage. Shouldn't donate w/full stomach w/heavy meal, as may get nausea just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss. ...Read more

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Any health benefits to donating blood?

Yes: There have been a few studies suggesting people who regularly donate blood have a decrease occurrence of heart disease. While unsure of direct causal relationship, there is definitely a relationship between the two and it may have to do with iron turnover and red blood cell production. Some people have med conditions that will be directly aided by this, such as hemachromatosis. ...Read more

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Does donating blood affect pregnency or health of the baby?

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Does donating blood affect pregnency  or health of the baby?

Blood donation: Donating blood is not recommended to be done during a pregnancy. During your pregnancy you need to make sure that you have good level of iron , folate (folic acid) and have good nutrition level for the mother and fetus. When you donate blood, your iron will be decreased and if you do it during pregnancy you are at risk to develop anemia and iron deficiency-which will affect the growth of fetus and mother. ...Read more

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Is there any harm in donating blood after exercising? Exercise includes a mix of cardio & weights . No health problems of any sort.

Is there any harm in donating  blood after exercising? Exercise includes a mix of cardio & weights . No health problems of any sort.

None: While you should not go from the donation center to the gym (follow the nurse's instructions and take it easy for the rest of the day), there is no significant (or usually even noticeable) change in your level of function after a couple of donations and you are used to the experience and how your body responds. ...Read more

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Donating blood vs plasma, which does more good?

Donating blood vs plasma, which does more good?

Either, red "better": While whole blood donation can help 3 people (red blood cells, plasma, platelets), plasma can be used in different ways to help as well + can be donated more frequently than the 56-day wait w/whole blood. We need more regular donors of both, so go for it! ...Read more

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What are some good/bad things about donating blood?

Good>>>>>>>>>>bad: Good: you save 1-4 lives in 45 minutes. You turn over your body's iron. You lose 1 pound (briefly). You get a cookie. You are a hero! Bad: hmmm. Needle poke hurts for a second. Tiny risk of local reaction/irritation to vein. That's really about it. ...Read more

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How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

56 days: Whole blood donation starts the 8 week donation time-out. Plasma or platelet donations have much shorter intervals, but whole blood is 56 days. ...Read more

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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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