There is a reason why the World Health Organization describes blood donation as “the most precious gift anyone can give to another person”: one sample of donated blood can save up to three lives. However, blood donation does not benefit only those who receive the blood. Donors also experience a number of benefits. Check out these five important health benefits people experience when they donate blood.
Free Blood Tests
Donating blood is one way to get a free blood test. During the donation process, people are screened to determine if they are healthy enough to give blood and if they have any blood pressure problems or infections. The blood is also tested after donation to ensure it is safe to be given to another person. After giving blood, donors can ask to be notified if there are any irregularities in their blood, which can save them a visit to the doctor’s office and, perhaps, even a medical bill. A sixty-three-year-old grandmother in the United Kingdom was in the process of donating blood when the preliminary screening process detected irregularities. It turned out she had bowel cancer, which doctors detected at an early stage because of her blood screening test.