July 12, 2010 

Recent studies show that giving blood regularly could perhaps increase your life expectancy.  Studies show that nonsmoking men who donate blood were less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, undergo heart surgery, or need heart medications.  In fact, one study followed 2,682 middle-age men for approximately five and a half years.  The risk of heart attack was 86% lower among blood donors, than that of non-blood donors.

Researchers believe this correlation exists because donating blood can reduce the iron stored in the body.  Iron plays an important role in the chemical processes that lead to the hardening of the arteries.  This idea is called “the iron hypothesis.”  The same benefits apply to post menopausal women.

Blood can be donated every 56 days.  The process of donating life-giving blood can, in turn, have a life-saving benefit.  For more information or to schedule your next appointment, please visit www.thebloodconnection.org