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Keep Calm and Give Blood: National Blood Donor Month

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

January is a great month to promote getting you, your friends and family together to give the best gift to anyone; giving blood.  LA Medical celebrates National Blood Donor Month and encourages you to consider volunteering some of your time this year to donate blood at your local Red Cross or medical facility. But first, let’s learn more about being a blood donor and how to donate.

Keep Calm and Give Blood

We all know that blood helps keep our bodies going and helps keep us alive.  This life-giving red liquid carries vital elements and nutrients throughout our body to keep us alive.  Blood also helps with the healing process in-case of an injury or cut.

Blood Donor Month helps others in your community and even worldwide in times where there are national epidemics such as large-scale accidents, disasters and other tragic events.  Donated blood is often the difference of someone living through a crisis. You don’t need a special reason to give blood other than your own reason. Donating a pint, or one pound, of blood could help someone else continue to live their lives.

People sometimes feel they don’t need to give blood or certain blood types are needed.  Any blood type is accepted as people may have a certain type of blood.  There are four main types of blood, A, B, AB and O. AB is the universal recipient and O negative is the universal donor.

You never will know who you’re helping, but you will know your pint of blood is helping a child, middle-aged woman or older man. Did you know that you are also helping yourself too? According to the American Medical Association, giving blood once every six months helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people ages 43 to 61.  High iron levels in your blood acts as an early contributor to heart disease and donating on a regular basis helps lower your chances.  It’s truly a win-win.

Join LA Medical this month with National Blood Donor Month and find a donation location today.

Blood Donation: Helping Others and Yourself

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

We all know that the blood in our bodies is what keeps us alive, that this life-giving red liquid carries with it the vital elements our body needs to sustain life. We also know that in times of accidents, disasters and other tragic events, others may be in need of extra blood to help them live. It is situations like these that the creators of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month had in mind when putting together a month dedicated to helping people learn about blood donation, the benefits it has and when and how to donate.

Donating blood can help up to three people in dire circumstances where extra blood is needed.

Simply put, donating a pint of your blood could help someone else in need of blood live or live a better life. It could help a child in a pediatric unit, a middle-aged woman in an emergency room or an older man after a surgery. You never know who you will be helping, but recent research has shown that you will not only be helping someone else’s health, but also your own.

According to a study published by the American Medical Association, giving blood once every six months helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people ages 43 to 61. High iron levels in blood is an early contributor to heart disease, but donating blood on a regular basis helps to balance out high iron levels, the study showed. So, not only are you giving your blood to someone who needs it, you are also helping your own heart.

Aside from organ donation, blood donation is one of the most selfless gifts we as human beings can give to one another. Join us during National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and find out where you can donate in the Los Angeles area. You never know who could be counting on the life-giving power of your blood!