National Blood Donor Month is celebrated every January and this year's observance comes as the nation's blood supply has dropped to concerning levels and could delay essential blood and platelet transfusions. Blood donors of all blood types—especially type O blood—are needed to give blood or platelets to help meet daily hospital demands.
- Health problems detection—Donated blood is tested to determine if any irregularities were found. You're also required to undergo a quick health screening before giving blood.
- Reduced heart disease risks—Donating can help eliminate any excess buildup of iron in the blood, lowering your risk for a heart attack.
- Caloric burn—The blood donation process can burn up to 650 calories.
- Mental health boost—Not only are there physical benefits of donating but volunteering to help others can release dopamine and help combat depression and increase your confidence.