India witnessed over 2 lakh road fatalities in 2012 alone. Add to that the number of patients suffering from various other ailments and the amount of blood required for transfusions in the country becomes infinite.
Though medicine has progressed in leaps and bounds over the last few centuries, blood is still something that cannot be synthetically manufactured, and so, we as citizens must come together to save lives.
Apart from the psychological benefit of helping your fellow man, there are proven health benefits for those who donate blood:
1. Every pint of blood donated results in burning of 650 calories.
2 2. For those with high iron levels, drawing blood reduces the risk of heart attack.
3. Consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks of cancers, including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers.
4. Free health check-ups are done to ensure that the donor is healthy.
5. Donating blood helps to stimulate the production of new blood cells.
After donating blood, the body replaces all of the blood volume within 48 hours, and all the red blood cells within four to eight weeks.
If interested, you can get in touch with Blood Aid, which works throughout the nation to connect blood donors and patients in need.
You can sign up with them here: http://bloodaid.com/donate/#.Uoxb_cSmjAE
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