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The Health Benefits of Donating Blood

Health Benefits of Donating BloodEveryday in the United States over 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed. This demand is caused by accidents, surgery and many other various health conditions. Most people associate donating blood in order to help others in the ways mentioned. However, when you donate blood it directly benefits the person giving the blood as well. Historically bloodletting was thought to help and cure many different diseases. Around the 19th century bloodletting was stopped because no definite beneficial proof was shown.

In modern times bloodletting is called donating blood. This practice not only helps hospitals with patients but also benefits donors who have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome refers to issues with stroke, heart disease & diabetes, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and hypertension. 20 percent of Americans struggle with this illness everyday.

In order to show cause and effect of donating blood and metabolic syndrome, a Berlin university divided patients with metabolic syndrome into 2 groups. One group donated 300ml of blood at the beginning of the trial and 250-500ml of blood removed four weeks later. After 6 weeks the patients blood volume returned to normal but their blood pressure, glucose, heart rate and cholesterol were significantly improved. Systolic blood pressure alone dropped from 148 down to 130. Not everyone will have these exact results but as long as you are not anemic, giving blood is beneficial for you and thousands of needy patients. By adding a sensible diet and daily exercise to regular blood donations, the need for pharmaceutical drugs for certain conditions could be avoided.

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