Surprising Health Benefits Of Donating Blood

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Donating blood even once can help save the lives of three people — whether they’re newborns needing heart surgery, adults badly injured in car crashes, or people of any age suffering from cancer.

You may be surprised to learn that donating blood is not only lifesaving, but that it has many health benefits for the donor as well.

What are the benefits of blood donation?

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Aside from the results of the mini-physical, which can alert you to some health issues you may be having, such as high blood pressure, your blood will also be screened for other illnesses before it is cleared to be donated. These screenings include tests for Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, HTLV, and West Nile Virus. If any of these diseases is detected, the blood is not used for donation and the donor is notified.