Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Good deed--for your own body
…Did you know donating blood actually helps your health? This was sort of a new one on HA—which is rare, she said (modestly).
…Americans get more iron in their food than is good for them. Beyond a healthful point, iron creates those darn free radical cells that bash up other cells. This increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.
…Usually this hits men—women tend to get rid of the iron during their periods.
…Studies show men who donate blood have a lower risk of heart disease and liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancer.
…Also, when you go to donate, they check you out—you won’t be allowed to give if you are low on iron. They also check blood pressure and for other diseases.
…And you are doing a good and maybe saving a life at the same time! Can’t beat that with a … er, stick.