Are these myths stopping you from donating blood?
Blood is one of the most precious thing you could ever donate. It is a resource that cannot be substituted by anything else, and neither can it be produced by artificial means to supply when necessary. Donating blood saves life, and has several health benefits for the donor as well. Despite knowing all this, a lot of us keep away from donating blood regularly and the reason for that might be one of the many myths that surround the cause of blood donation. So, in this article, we have tried to share some truths about blood donation, some popular myths that people believe and give our readers more reason to donate blood, as often as they can. Here we go!
Myth: Frequent blood donation makes you weak
Fact: Right after donating blood, donors might feel slightly weak, temporarily. However the truth is that the fluid in the body is replaced within a couple of days as one continues to consume water, fruits, juices etc. and the blood cells are completely replenished as quickly as 56 days. In this meanwhile, donors can continue with their daily activities as usual. However, donors should take easy precautions to avoid getting dehydrated, such as –
- Drinking 10-12 glasses of water within the first 24 hours of donating blood
- Avoiding direct exposure to sunlight or extreme heat
- Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol
- Avoid physical exercise, driving or similar activities for 24 hours
Myth: Blood donation will cause extreme pain and side effects
Fact: Most blood donation is practically pain-free except for the needle prick in the arm. In some rare cases, donors experience temporary pain in the arm due to restricted activity, however, this is expected to ease off quickly. Some rare and mild side effects might include nausea, dizziness and headache. These side-effects are also expected to go away in less than 24 hours.
Myth: Donating blood can help you lose weight
Fact: While blood donations reduce the person’s weight, they are definitely never a means to achieving weight loss. In fact, it is absolutely dangerous to explore blood donations as a means to losing weight. In fact, it is unaceptable for under-aged or under-weight individuals to donate blood too. Please check with your local blood-bank for the age, weight and health requirements for blood donors in your area.
Myth: Regular blood donation might lead to obesity
Fact: This idea might have come up because of the fact that several regular blood donors incline towards consuming additional calories to offset their loss of blood. This could easily result in too much food consumption, resulting in weight gain, over a period of time. However, this clearly has nothing to do with the blood donation process itself.
Myth: Blood donation could interfere with my blood pressure and blood sugar issues
Fact: Firstly, if you have abnormal blood pressure, or blood sugar (are diabetic), you would not be eligible from donating blood, as it causes remarkably more harm to you than the perceived benefit for the patient. Therefore, if you are suffering from any such health conditions, refrain from donating blood.
So, what was stopping you from donating blood? Share with us, in the comments below, and we will try to answer your questions as best as we can.
You can also speak to your local blood bank about the requirements to be a donor in your area.