Top Ten Videos to watch

HISTORY Brings 'Roots' Cast And Crew To The White House For Screening
Graduates tossing caps into the air
Freddie Gray Baltimore Protests
Mid section of man in graduation gown holding diploma
Legendary Baseball Player Tony Gwynn's Family Files A Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco
ME.jailhouse#2.0117.CW Montebello City Council has approved use of a private contractor to run the n
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Addresses Police Misconduct At Chicago City Council Meeting
WWII Soldiers Standing In A Flag Draped Sunset - SIlhouette
Students Taking a College Exam
Bill Cosby Preliminary Hearing
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Worried black businesswoman at desk
Tyler Perry And Soledad O'Brien Host Gala Honoring Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35 Years Of Ministry
Teacher with group of preschoolers sitting at table
FBI Officials Discuss Apprehension Of Explosions Suspect After Three-Day Manhunt
NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons
US-POLITICS-OBAMA
Protests Erupt In Chicago After Video Of Police Shooting Of Teen Is Released
24673281
US-VOTE-DEMOCRAT-SANDERS
Nine Dead After Church Shooting In Charleston
Portrait of senior African woman holding money
Medicare
President Bush Speals At Federalist Society's Gala
Police
Police Line Tape
Senior Woman's Hands
Police officers running
New Orleans Residents Return to Housing Projects
David Banner
Leave a comment

Many people are surprised to find that not only is donating blood safe, but it could actually improve their health by lowering the risk of certain types of disease. With the mostly animal based diet that’s the norm in this country; the majority of people are getting more iron than they need, with the exception of pre-menopausal women who lose iron through their monthly menstrual flow.

Getting enough iron is important, but too much iron in the body can be a problem too. Iron has a pro-oxidant effect, meaning high levels cause free radical damage that increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Some studies show that high levels of iron elevate the risk of heart attack, although a more recent study failed to confirm this. Nevertheless, too much iron in the body isn’t healthy.

So how does this relate to donating blood? Each time blood is donated, a small amount of iron is removed from the body which helps to keep iron levels in check. Of course, some people have iron levels that are too low already and need to hang on to what they have. This may be true of women who have heavy menstrual periods or vegetarians who get little iron in their diet. This is one of the reasons a blood sample is taken before a person is allowed to donate blood, to make sure there’s no evidence of an iron deficiency anemia.

Donating Blood May Benefit The Obese

A preliminary study in Germany recently found that some obese people may improve their health by giving blood. In the study, obese people with metabolic syndrome who had blood drawn experienced a reduction in blood pressure, along with other changes that linked with a reduced risk of heart disease, the researchers said.

Helps Fight Cardiovascular Problems

Several studies published in the medical literature point out to a lower risk of cardiovascular events among frequent, long-term whole blood donors. The reduction in risk seems significant: an 88% lower risk for heart attacks and a 33% reduction in overall incidence of cardiovascular events (including heart attacks, stroke and peripheral vascular disease) when frequent blood donors were compared to non-donors. The effect was more pronounced for males and postmenopausal females, and was independent of smoking status.

« Previous page 1 2

Also On News One: