The Many Reasons Why You Should Donate Blood
Do you know what your blood type is? Have you donated blood before? There are quite a few reasons why you should donate blood, especially if you have a rare or universal blood type. One of the great things about giving blood is it’s completely free, and it helps those in need!
Below are some requirements needed to donate, and information about why donating blood can not only benefit you but also someone who is in need of blood.
Who is eligible to donate blood?
The basic qualifications for donating blood include: weighing at least 110 pounds, being over the age of 17 and in good health. There are other requirements that include iron count, blood pressure and whether you have been overseas. You can find the list of qualifications here.
A way to keep track of your health
Being able to give blood means for the most part you are in good standing with your health. From blood pressure, iron count and body temperature, giving blood allows you to make sure that you are healthy. Of course you should never give blood to see if you have any kind of diseases or viruses, and it’s always important to see your physician regularly if you are experiencing any kind of health related problems.
Replenishes your own blood
When you give blood (about a pint every time you donate), your body will automatically begin to replenish the lost blood. Allowing your body to replenish, allows for your body to produce new red blood cells, and that will allow your body to carry oxygen more efficiently.
Do you know your blood type? If you happen to be O-negative, that means that you are a universal donor! Being a universal donor means that all blood types can receive O-negative blood. An important fact to know that universal donors are also the most rare, only about seven percent of the population has the universal blood type.