Science, medicine, and technology have dramatically improved our health, but there’s something researchers can’t make: human blood. Nearly 10,000 donations per day are needed to treat patients in France. The French Blood Establishment (EFS) also regularly launches emergency campaigns because the needs for blood products are particularly important. Whether you are a regular, sporadic, or potential donor, here is some information that you may not have known about.
1) Donating blood is good for your health
To work well, the heart needs a certain amount of blood flow and volume. According to the Blood Flow Online site, donating blood regularly helps reduce the thickness of the blood and allows it to flow more easily through the blood vessels to reach the heart. Donating blood can also reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. This is because donation helps to reduce iron stores (which is why anemic cannot donate) and thus reduces the amount of damage caused by free radicals in the body.
2) A man saved 2 million babies with his blood
A person who donates blood regularly can save around 1,000 lives in their lifetime. But Australian James Harrison managed to save 2 million because of his blood of a very rare type. This is because it contained high levels of a specific antibody used to treat cases of hemolytic disease of the newborn.
3) Donations help cancer patients
Blood products are prescribed mainly for bleeding (childbirth, surgery, or accident) and for cancer and blood diseases. The treatment of these diseases requires, depending on the case, regular transfusions in large quantities. In addition, treatment with chemotherapy destroys the cells in the bone marrow, which are the source of blood cells. As the body can no longer renew them, it needs platelet and red blood cell transfusions.
4) Needs increase during the holidays
Our days are busy before the winter or summer holidays, and blood donation is no longer a priority. Blood cannot be stored for very long (5 days for platelets, 42 days for red blood cells), which is why EFS reserves decrease during these crucial periods because the number of road accidents has increased. tendency to increase.
5) Type 0+ is the most requested
While all blood groups are necessary and welcome, people with 0 positive are those whose blood is most in demand. This group being the most common, it is more likely to be transfused, recalls the site Medical Daily.