How the thickness of your blood puts your heart in danger
There are a variety of things that make your blood thick. The most common are a lack of exercise, certain medications and eating a diet high in bad fats.
And when your blood is thick, it’s bad news for your heart because:
1. Thick blood moves sluggishly and your heart has to work harder to pump your blood around your body.
2. You’re more at risk of red blood cells sticking to one another and forming clots.
3. And thick blood contains more oxidised iron. This causes friction and damages your blood vessels increasing the wear tear on the lining of your arteries and eventually leading to a heart attack.
Luckily, there’s something really easy you can do to thin your blood. And that’s where blood donation comes in.
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Study shows men who donate blood are 88% less likely to have a heart attack
When you donate blood, your body replaces it with newer, younger blood. This blood is thinner. It’s not thick like your “old” blood is.
While this may sound like a small change to make to reduce your heart attack risk, it’s a significant one. Because what it does is make you 16 times (or 88%) less likely to have a heart attack than another person your age.
Better yet, you only have to donate blood once a year to reap the benefits.
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which looked at men between the ages of 43 and 61 you’re you reap these benefits just by donating blood once every six months. Even better, a nine year study involving 2,862 men (aged 42-60) revealed that these benefits last as long as two years after your last blood donation.
Talk about a huge benefit for a process that usually takes no longer than a half an hour. But what if you don’t like needles?
Scared of the needle? Do this and you won’t feel a thing
I don’t blame you if you feel this way, I used to. But that was before I started donating blood regularly. Unlike some nurses I’ve had who’ve bruised and hurt me when trying to take a blood sample, the people who work at blood donation centres are super good at taking blood. They’re also great at talking you down if you’re having a panic attack when you see the needle the first time.
But you can make it easier on your body too by drinking plenty of water the day before you donate. Full veins are plumper than veins that aren’t as full. This simple step will make it far easier for the person taking your blood to find a vein and it won’t hurt as much either.
Need further motivation? Just one donation (remember, donors only receive your platelets not your thick blood) can save up to three people. And that’s not to mention you and your lower heart attack risk.
Thick blood isn’t the only blood problem you need to worry about. In the October issue of Dr Craige Golding’s Natural Health Dossier,
Dr Golding reveals why dirty blood is responsible for killing more people than breast lung, and prostate
cancers combined. He’ll also show you how everyday factors are putting you at risk… Plus five ways to clean your blood and prevent this.