LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) — Donating blood won’t just provide a lifeline for someone in need, it could help save your own life.
New research showed giving blood helped reduce heart attacks and cancer over time, according to the Journal of The American Medical Association.
Researchers found that people between the ages of 43 to 61 who donated blood every six months had fewer heart attacks and strokes.
It was thought that the benefits stemmed from lowering high iron levels.
Iron affects how thick and sticky the texture of the blood is, and high iron levels cause the blood to be thicker– in turn increasing friction as blood traveled through blood vessels.
The process increased wear and tear to the lining of arteries, which could then contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Donating blood was also said to burn 650 calories for every pint given.