Give blood

Milwaukee Health - - PERSPECTIVE -

There are pow­er­ful al­tru­is­tic rea­sons for giv­ing blood; ac­cord­ing to the Red Cross, one do­na­tion can save three lives. But be­sides that, sci­ence sug­gests blood do­na­tion is as good for you as it is for the com­mu­nity. Reg­u­lar blood donors have im­proved blood flow, which may re­sult in fewer ar­te­rial block­ages – one study showed donors were 88 per­cent less likely to suf­fer a heart at­tack. It trig­gers red blood cell pro­duc­tion, keep­ing iron lev­els bal­anced and po­ten­tially ward­ing off ane­mia and even some can­cers. Make an ap­point­ment with the Blood Cen­ter of Wis­con­sin and find more spe­cific ways to help – in­clud­ing live or­gan, tis­sue and mar­row do­na­tion, or par­tic­i­pat­ing in a new re­search project gath­er­ing data from a mil­lion-plus vol­un­teers.

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