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Health Benefits of Regular Blood Donation

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Blood Donation
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Dr. Erol Onel serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical research and development company based in La Jolla, California. Outside of work, Dr. Erol Onel remains committed to giving back. Every year on September 11, he tries to give blood to pay tribute. Donating blood helps save lives while also providing health benefits for the people who regularly donate.

One of the biggest health benefits is a lower risk of cancer. Donating blood reduces levels of iron in the body and helps maintain healthy levels. Lower iron levels are linked to lower risk of cancer. In addition, reduced levels of iron can have benefits for the liver and pancreas, which store excesses of the mineral. Excess iron stored in these organs can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis, and pancreatic damage.

In addition, repeated donations can help lower blood viscosity so that it flows better through blood vessels. The result is fewer arterial blockages. Research in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that blood donors are 88 percent less likely to have a heart attack.