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The world celebrates blood donation today it is humanity 2020

The world celebrates blood donation today it is humanity 2020
The world celebrates blood donation today it is humanity 2020


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The moment I write these words, as well as while you are reading them, there is someone who desperately needs a blood transfusion, otherwise, his life is at stake. Statistics state that in the United States of America alone, someone needs an urgent blood transfusion every two seconds. We will not talk here about the importance of donating blood to the patient himself, as this is known to all necessary, but we will focus the benefits of this noble work for those who regularly pay zakat.

That's a full ten
Together, we will know 10 health benefits of regular blood donation


1. Blood regeneration

It is known that red blood cells (the most important components of blood, which transport oxygen to all cells of the body) are renewed almost every 4 months, as the old is disposed through the spleen and some lymphoid tissues, and the new pumping produced by the blood factories into the bone marrow located in the heart of our axial bones In the back, chest, etc.

The body stores about 500 ml of new blood as a strategic reserve, mainly in the spleen, to pump it in the event of the sudden loss of blood as well as in the case of bleeding ... etc. When you donate blood, the spleen immediately pumps the reserve to make up for what the body has lost, and the reserve of new blood is replenished in the following days. This is the secret to making a regular donation every 4 months.

2. Reducing the risk of several types of cancer

The results of one of the studies 10 years ago showed a decrease in the incidence of some important cancers among those who regularly donate blood, especially cancers of the liver, esophagus, stomach, colon, and lung. The explanation suggested by this study is that periodic blood donation always maintains iron at its normal levels, without an increase that may cause tissue damage, and increase its susceptibility to cancerous growth.

3. Reducing the possibility of heart attacks

One study showed that donating blood at least once a year reduces the chances of developing heart attacks and heart attacks in general, by more than 80%. The study provided several explanations for this important observation, the most important of which was also the iron story. As blood donation causes the body to activate the new blood manufacturing process to compensate for what has been lost and to compensate for the strategic reserve of the body, of course, any excess iron is consumed in this process, which maintains iron levels in the blood, and in tissues, in the beneficial natural averages. Previous studies have shown a correlation between the rates of increased iron in the heart and coronary arteries, and the occurrence of atherosclerosis, which causes its narrowing and increases the chances of clots within it.

Periodic blood donation also improves the quality of blood components, and increases the proportion of newly manufactured young cells, which have the most efficiency in transporting oxygen, which improves the blood nutrition of the heart, and reduces even slightly the chances of heart attacks. The regular blood donation also maintains the hemoglobin level in the blood in the normal range, and the study revealed a relationship between increasing hemoglobin and increasing the effect of LDL cholesterol on the arteries of the heart, the latter being responsible for the occurrence of atherosclerosis.

4. Medical conditions treated with blood donation

Some blood disorders, such as the abnormal increase in the number of red blood cells, one of the most important treatments is to donate blood continuously, at intervals much shorter than the usual 4-month period for healthy donors. Without constant blood donation, these patients experience serious complications such as blood clots as a result of increased blood viscosity, very high blood pressure, and high blood potassium which may cause serious electrical disorders in the heart ... etc.

Another serious medical condition that needs constant donation is the pathological increase in the amount of iron in the blood. Iron is one of the most important components of blood, but in the presence of some genetic imbalances, its absorption from food increases significantly more than the body needs from it, which leads to its deposition and damage in vital organs, the most famous of which are the heart, joints, testes, and pancreas.

5. Maintain the integrity of the liver

The liver is one of the most important vital organs of the body, as it produces many important proteins such as albumin, which keeps fluids in the blood, and prevents swelling, and like anticoagulants that prevent bleeding, as well as is the main filter in the body to get rid of toxins. Periodic blood donation contributes to preserving the liver by maintaining normal iron levels, as detailed in the previous points.

6. Reducing oxidizing agents and inflammatory triggers

There are some harmful substances produced by some reactions inside the cells and tissues of the body, and they are called oxidizing agents. There has been an abundance of research that talks about these substances, and when they play a role in stimulating the occurrence of some serious diseases such as cancers, strokes, and failure of vital systems, but most of these studies have not reached conclusive results in this regard. But in general, a 2016 study showed that periodic blood donation contributes to reducing the proportions of these harmful substances in the blood and body.

7. Important psychological benefits

When a person does noble work that serves others, such as a person donating his blood, to contribute to saving a relative or even a stranger in desperate need, this leads to a great sense of accomplishment, a better mood, a sense of self, and reduces negative energy and skin of the self. This is not a constructive statement but is supported by the results of some studies.

8. Free biological analysis

Blood donation represents an opportunity for periodic reassurance regarding the incidence of some serious blood-borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and C viruses, syphilis, etc., as these tests are made compulsory in the blood of each donor every time they donate. Supervisors of the donation process are also obligated to check on the donor's blood pressure, heartbeat, hemoglobin level in the blood, as well as the weight (donation is not permitted for the ultra-thin), which contributes to the early detection of hypertension, anemia, etc.

9. A slight contribution to weight loss

Every time you donate blood, you lose about 650 kilocalories. This represents about a third of the balanced daily requirement for an average adult. Of course, in the long run, this appears to be a very symbolic contribution, and it really is. But when a person can culture a regular donation, it will help him to maintain a balanced diet, as he will always strive to stay healthy and avoid anemia, so that he can donate at any time. A person will only be able to do this by increasing beneficial foods such as fruits, vegetables and fish, low-fat dairy foods, vegetable proteins such as legumes, and low-fat animal proteins, all of which will help to protect him well.

10. Great benefits for very little

If you are offered to participate in trading that has a double and guaranteed profit, with a possibility of loss and problems less than 1%, would you miss such an opportunity? So is blood donation. As for the risks, they are almost non-existent as long as the proper health rules were observed from the use of needles and syringes only once, and sterilization of the place of intravenous entry, and that entry is by an experienced doctor or nurse, and all this facilitates its availability in most hospitals.

If it were not for donating blood and spreading its culture to most of the public, it is only useful for any of us to find blood bags available when they need them in an emergency situation - and this is, unfortunately, a possibility not far from any of us, and our loved ones - that would be enough. But the benefits of the matter do go beyond that.

Conditions for donating blood
It does not need difficult conditions, and the following are the most important:

1. Age from 18-60 years. 2. The absence of a known infection with blood-borne diseases such as AIDS, hepatitis, etc. 3. Weight of at least 50 kg. 4. Normal hemoglobin (male> 14% - female> 12%) 5. The donor is in good health and does not have a fever or urgent health problem. 6. That at least two months have passed (preferably four months) since the last time he donated blood and ten days since the last time he donated platelets (renewed from one week to ten days in the body of the donor).

Contraindications to blood donation

Some groups are considered to be very dangerous in terms of the possibility of an undiagnosed infection with blood-borne diseases, including:

1. Injecting drug users, even once.

2. Whoever has sexual relations with a prostitute during the year preceding the donation, or any unsafe sexual relationship outside the framework.

3. Who has had a sexual relationship with an AIDS patient or hepatitis virus during the past year?

4. Men who had sexual relations with men during a year as well.

5. People with Jacob-Creutzfeldt's disease known as mad cow disease.

Other categories are not allowed to donate and if the general conditions are met, given that the donation represents a special risk to them, such as those with genetic diseases that increase the susceptibility to bleeding, such as hemophilia.

Blood donation complications

As we mentioned earlier, as long as the person fulfills the previous conditions, and the responsible party has followed the health rules, in terms of sterilizing the place of entry of the needle on the arm, and the use of special tools for each donor ... etc., there will be no significant complications, and it becomes impossible to be exposed to an infection that is transmitted through the blood. It is worth noting that the body compensates the amount of water lost during the donation (the blood is water dissolved in components and cells) in less than 24 hours, and the rest of the components, respectively, in the following days.

What do I do before donating blood?

You are only asked for simple instructions, such as good sleep the night before, eating a healthy, healthy meal (especially fruits and vegetables) on the morning of the donation day, as well as drinking plenty of water and juices. Avoid eating high-fat meals before donating (chocolate - reddish, such as French fries ...), as it affects the accuracy of some of the tests that are made on the blood that will be donated.

Advice after donating blood

1. Drink plenty of water and juice on the first day.

2. Avoid violent muscular exercise, such as running a long distance, lifting weights, or the like.

3. If you feel dizzy, lie on the floor in a safe place, and raise your feet up until the width improves.

4. If there is bleeding in the place of needle entry, press the place with a clean medical cotton pad, and raise the lever up until the bleeding stops.

5. In the event of a bruising or cyanosis under the skin around the needle, use cold compresses on the place intermittently for 24 hours.

6. If you develop severe disease symptoms in the first days after donating, then you must tell the party that you donated to do so, it may be during the donation in the incubation period for a disease, and it may pass through the blood that you donated.

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