Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines [3/11/2016]. The Members Church of God International (MCGI) together with The Blood Donors Society (BDS), UNTV – Your Public Service Channel and KFI (Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated) will be having another mass bloodletting on the 20th of March 2016 to different stations across the country. Registration will start at 8 a.m. up to 3 p.m.
Why donate my blood?
People nowadays are very busy and never realize that they are already neglecting their own health. A day to spare to donate blood is one of the simple steps to find out your possible illnesses and an early detection. A potential donor goes through different tests to qualify.
Iron is bad?
In an article by Dr. Mercola entitled Take Control of Your Health, researchers explained,
“Because high body iron stores have been suggested as risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, donation of blood could theoretically reduce the risk by lowering body iron stores.”
Farlex Medical dictionary describes ‘infarction’ wherein an area of tissue necrosis caused by impairment of arterial or venous blood supply due to mechanical factors or blood pressure alterations.
Some of the illness that the body would face having high levels of iron in the body includes cirrhosis, liver cancer, cardiac arrhythmias, Alzheimer’s disease, type 1 diabetes and bacterial and viral infections.
What do I get in donating blood?
Health cannot be bought. A simple act of donating blood is already self-gratitude. Think about the people in emergencies that need blood in every second. One bag means saving life of another human. We feel happy that our health is going on the right direction. Once our blood is being replenished, it reduces heart disease and cancer. In our busy schedule, it helps burn calories to better blood flow.
For the first time blood donors, you will be going to the following process:
- Check pulse
- Blood pressure
- Disease related to blood pressure and infectious disease
- Person who has AIDS, hepatitis or undergone any surgery
- Cancer, diabetes, cold and flu
- For pregnant women, seek your doctors advice before donating blood
- Should be well hydrated
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Eat 3 hours before your donation
- After giving donation, wait for 15 minutes
- Eat some snacks and juice to replenish your lost fluids
- Avoid heavy activities
- Lie down with feet elevated
- Apply cold compress if bruise appears
Hemochromatosis is a health condition that arises due to excess absorption of iron by the body.
- Risk of cirrhosis
- Liver failure
- Damage to pancreas
- Irregular heart rhythms
Donating blood is replenishing your blood, thus helps maintain good health by producing new blood cells.
Who can give blood?
- Good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and 17 or older
- Cannot donate if had body piercing/tattoo one year after
- Cold and flu
- MSM – men who had sex with other men beginning the AIDS epidemic
- Drug users
- Transplant patients specifically animal tissue or organs
- Persons who traveled abroad that may transmit diseases such as malaria.
One bag, save lives.