January is considered to be the blood donation month. On looking at the importance of this cause, a Blood Donation Camp was organized in IMA, Dehradun. Deepak Jethi from Dehradun Lions Club District 321c1 organized a blood donation camp at IMA led by DG Lion Ashwini Kamboj on 31 January 2021. BDG 2 Lion, Rajneesh Goyal, DG Lion Ashwini Kamboj, Lion Karthik Bansal, Lion Chandragupta Vikram, Sudhir Mittal, Amita Singh, etc were present at the event. Around 90 blood units were collected in collaboration with 13 clubs including Lions Club Dehradun Shikhar and, Lion Club Dehradun Monarch. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

We often hear about the importance of donating blood as it relates to the recipients. One blood donation could help up to three patients. what are the benefits of donating blood for the donor? We don’t often hear about that side of the arrangement. While the impact is a little less obvious, several health advantages come as a result of giving blood.

Following are the benefits of Donating Blood-

Benefits of Donating Blood

#1 Reveal Health Problems 

Before donating the blood, you’ll receive a mini-physical checkup in which doctors will check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin, and other such check-ups. This can sometimes shed light on issues you didn’t even know about. If your blood contains iron in a low amount, then doctors will inform you not to do so and won’t draw your blood.

#2 Lowers Risk of Heart Attack

According to a report of the American Journal of Epidemiology, donating blood at least once a year could reduce the risk of a heart attack by 88 %. High levels of iron in the blood constrict your blood vessels and create more risk of a heart attack. Depleting those extra iron deposits by donating blood gives your vessels more room to work.

#3 Regulates Blood Pressure

Some research has suggested that donating blood may also reduce blood pressure. In a 2015 study, scientists monitored the blood pressure of 292 donors who gave blood one to four times over the course of a year. Around half had high blood pressure. Those with high blood pressure saw an improvement in their readings. The more often a person gave blood, the more significant the improvement. Other experts have pointed out that because blood pressure testing is an integral part of blood donation, it is a good chance for people to become aware of their reading and, if necessary, learn how to reduce it.

#4 Reduces Risk Of Cancer

By donating blood the iron stores in the body are maintained at healthy levels. A reduction in the iron level in the body is linked with low cancer risk. In an average, completely healthy person, the link between giving blood and decreased cancer risk is slim. The research support a reduced risk of cancer for blood donors with different maladies, one of which is hemochromatosis.

#5 Lessens Weight 

Regular blood donation reduces the weight of the donors. This is helpful to those who are overweight and are at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and other health disorders. However, blood donation should not be very frequent and you may consult your doctor before donating blood to avoid any health issues.