Dee Woods: Donating blood may keep you young

By Dee Woods

I learned an amazing fact just recently about the ability to avoid heart attacks.

In his October 2012 newsletter, Dr. Robert Rowen included a segment that he captioned, “Drop Your Heart Attack Risk by 88% For Free.” Gee, who wouldn’t want to do that?

Rowen writes about the viscosity — or thickness — of the blood. The lower the viscosity of a fluid, thinner it is. When blood becomes too thick it creates problems. We’ve learned that not drinking enough water can have affects on the heart because water, the substance of which your body mostly consists, makes the blood thinner. Of course, diet makes a huge difference as well.

At any rate, Rowen’s most interesting suggestion for living longer and dropping heart attack risk at the same time was just by donating blood regularly. This is one of those cases where you can help yourself by helping others.

“Donating blood reduces viscosity by up to 32 percent. And better, it reduces your risk of heart attack by up to 88 percent,” Rowen writes. “There are a myriad of factors that make your blood thicker than it should be. A high-fat (especially cooked oxidized fats) diet, lack of exercise and water, and toxins are among the causes. But when you donate blood, you stimulate your bone marrow into high gear to make new cells to cover the loss.”

These new, younger cells are far better for you all the way around because they are flexible and much more vibrant than aging blood cells. They live longer as well.

“The flexibility translates into more fluid and flowing blood, less risk of clots, and less risk of vessel stoppages. You also shed iron, which when in excess, is highly damaging” according to Rowen.

He states the donation of blood is good for both males and females, but because men have a higher volume of red blood cells it’s a bit better for them.

Some of the other benefits of donating blood are losing weight (over three-quarters of a pound), and the free blood test prior to the donation (worth about $300) that may spot other health issues and give early warnings to donors.

The body will replace the lost fluids in your blood stream with plasma within 24 hours, but it takes between four to eight weeks to replace all the blood cells, and during that time your blood flows more easily, which makes it beneficial to donate regularly, according to Rowen.

When you go to donate blood, the blood bank will indicate through testing whether you are in condition to donate. In order to donate blood one must be at least 17 years old, and lately I’ve found that there is now little limit to upper ages as long as one is otherwise healthy.

Ask your doctor if you are able to donate. Your doctor may know of where you can donate. Some blood banks purchase blood and most are not-for-profits that collect blood. At any rate, it’s another way to stay young.

Dee Woods is available to give presentations about alternative health treatments and healthy living. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .