Voluntary blood donation can save another person’s life and significantly improve the health of the blood donor. By this noble act the blood donor protects his immunity and guards his heart. Regular blood donors provide themselves with prevention of immune system diseases. These are diseases associated with metabolic arrest (gout, atherosclerosis, disorders of the pancreas, stomach and liver). Regular blood donation has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Because excess blood gradually increases the pressure on blood vessels and the heart. Donation helps maintain optimal iron levels in men. Such an improvement in health can be achieved without medication.
Blood donors can become completely healthy and able-bodied people between the ages of 18 and 60. These are people in whom donating blood and blood components is not contraindicated or prohibited (pregnancy, lack of body weight). It is important that a potential blood donor leads a healthy life.
Procedure that accompanies the preparation and donation of blood:
- 10 days from blood donation a person should abstain from antibiotics, 5 days from salicylate (aspirin) and analgesics, 2 days from the use of alcoholic and mild alcoholic beverages and two hours from smoking.
- The evening before giving and the morning before giving, eliminate fatty foods, fried, spicy, smoked foods, dairy products, eggs, oil, bananas, nuts and citrus fruits from your diet.
- The donor should have breakfast on the morning before the blood donation. It may include sweet tea, jam, bread, crackers, tea biscuits, cooked cereals, oil-free macaroni, steamed fish, juices, cold fruit drinks, mineral water, fruits, vegetables (excluding citrus and bananas) .
- Unprotected sexual intercourse is not allowed because viral infections can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.
- Cosmetic interventions (piercing, tattooing) should be avoided.
- Blood donation is not performed if a person has any of the symptoms: sore throat, sneezing, headaches, high or low blood pressure), while taking drugs, even drugs with a preventive effect, in the period of fatigue (after excessive physical exertion, work in night shifts, etc.).