January is National Blood Donor Month, and while it may not be the most fun topic, it is crucial. Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood, and less than 38% of the population is eligible to donate. Type O Negative and Type B Negative are the most needed blood types. The need for blood is constant, and only Volunteer Donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community.
Why Give Blood?
Saving lives is the ultimate reason, but did you know that giving blood also has health benefits for the donor? People who donate regularly (4 times a year) can reduce their heart disease risk by 88%. Additionally, people who give blood have a 60% less risk of developing cancer. While these health benefits are great, they pale in comparison to that your blood donation can save up to 3 lives!
How to Prepare for a Blood Donation
Drinking plenty of fluids in the days leading up to your donation is always a good idea. Avoid fatty foods on the day of your donation, as they can increase bruising. Also, make sure to get a good night’s sleep before you donate.
What Happens During a Blood Donation?
The process takes about an hour from start to finish, and it’s pretty simple. After a quick check-in, a staff member will ask you some questions about your medical history and do a mini-physical. Then they’ll numb your arm with a cold cloth and insert a needle. Then you relax with cookies and juice while your pint of blood fills up bags. The whole thing takes about 5-10 minutes. It’s really not that bad! And like we said, you could save up to 3 lives with that one donation.
During National Blood Donor Month, we ask you to consider donating blood. It’s quick, easy, and most importantly – it saves lives. We need blood every two seconds in America, but fewer than 38% of us can donate it. You could be the one to make all the difference for patients in our community who are relying on volunteer donors like you. Won’t you please consider giving blood today?
Schedule A Consultation
For a consultation with Dr. Stevens, call Premier Heart & Vein Care in San Luis Obispo at (805) 540-3333 if you want to learn more about heart and vein health.