Did you know that one single blood donation can save three lives? Donating blood requires just a small amount of time on your part, but can add years to the life of someone in need. Not to mention that there are some surprising benefits to your general health as well! And, to make it as easy and convenient as possible to donate, a dentist in Annapolis is holding a blood drive this month on February 25th, 2019. Learn more below about how donating blood can improve your health and get details about the upcoming blood drive!
What Are the Benefits of Donating Blood?
Researchers have found that people who donate blood get the following benefits to their own health:
- Donating blood lowers cholesterol and reduces the blood’s viscosity, which lowers your risk of heart disease and heart attack.
- It also slightly reduces your risk for certain types of cancer (esophageal, lung, colon, stomach, liver).
- Helping others has been found to reduce stress, improve emotional well-being, and lead to a sense of belonging, all of which also improves your physical health.
In addition, you get a free mini-checkup that includes a blood pressure and pulse screening as well as having your hemoglobin levels checked. Your blood will also be tested for Hepatitis B and C, West Nile, HIV, syphilis and Trypanosoma cruzi (a type of parasite).
Details of the Upcoming Blood Drive
You can donate blood from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, February 25th, 2019 at Chambers Family Dentistry in Annapolis.
Here is some “good-to-know” information to keep in mind:
- You must be over 17, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in reasonably good health.
- Certain medications may disqualify you from donating.
- If you’d like to donate regularly, you must wait eight weeks in between whole blood donations and 16 weeks in between double red cell donations.
Donating blood is a fast, easy way to make a difference and benefits everyone involved. It’s definitely a win-win situation!
About the Author
Dr. Earl Chambers is a family dentist in Annapolis who is committed to giving back to his community whenever possible. In addition to providing outstanding dentistry to patients of all ages, he’s happy to give people an opportunity to donate blood and help those in need. If you have any other questions about the blood drive, he can be reached via his website or at (410) 224-2660.