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On World Blood Donor Day, Know The Health Benefits Of Donating Blood

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| June 14 , 2018 , 13:00 IST

Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The day is to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation and the idea is to encourage more and more people to donate blood to save the lives of patients. The day also serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Since there is no artificial substitute for blood, all those in need have to rely on blood donated by others. 

The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society of Blood Transfusion, aim at making all countries efficient enough to acquire all blood supplies through voluntary and unpaid blood donors.

WHO’s slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life” gives attention to the role voluntary donations system plays in encouraging people to care for one another.

Dr Satya Prakash Yadav says that blood donation is extremely important, especially in a country like India.

He says, "India is a huge country with a lot of patients. There are a lot of patients suffering from health conditions like thalassemia major - a condition which requires lifelong blood transfusions. In our country, about 10,000 children are born with thalassemia every year. There are lakhs of thalassemia major patients. The condition is specifically common in North India. For health conditions like these, regular supply of blood through blood donations is very important."

He goes on to add that people who have thalassemia major cannot be a donor. Moreover, everyone in the family of thalassemia patients is constantly donating. They eventually run out of blood supply since thalassemia major patients need blood supply every month. "Also, patients who undergo surgeries lose a lot of blood during the surgery. Trauma patients, cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy too need blood supplies blood donors," He added further.

Blood Donation can help in saving lives. Donating blood can help in treating patients suffering from cancer, bleeding disorder, chronic anaemia associated with cancer and other hereditary blood abnormalities. These reasons can make blood donation a very important aspect of the health system in India. It's also possible to store your own blood for your future needs. Make sure blood is stored in a blood bank. More people should be motivated to donate so that number of people can get a chance to live a healthy and better life. Any healthy adult - a person up to the age of 65-70 years can donate blood once every three months.

There are some health benefits of donating blood-

Prevents Hemochromatosis- Hemochromatosis is a health condition that arises due to excess absorption of iron by the body. This may be inherited or may be caused due to alcoholism, anaemia or other disorders. Regular blood donations may help in reducing iron overload.

Maintains Healthy Heart And Liver- Blood Donation is beneficial in reducing the risk of heart and liver ailments caused by the iron overload in the body. Intake of Iron-rich diet may increase the iron levels in the body. Excess iron gets stored in heart liver and pancreas. This, in turn, increases the risk of cirrhosis, liver failure.

Weight loss- Regular blood donations help in losing weight and improving fitness in healthy adults. According to the University of California researchers, donating one pint of blood helps your body to burn 650 calories.

Lowers Cancer risk - High levels of iron in the body are linked to an increased risk of cancer. Thus, by donating blood, you can maintain healthy iron levels.