Healthy Moments Episode

Donate Blood

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Apr 15, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains how your donation of blood can help three people.


Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Besides kidneys, you can donate blood, or bone marrow. Today, let's talk about donating blood. Blood donations are always needed. And just one donation can help three patients.

Blood can be separated into:

  • red blood cells, to treat bleeding and anemia
  • platelets, to prevent bleeding
  • and plasma, to assist with blood clotting

You can donate blood if you're healthy and free of infections, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. If you meet these conditions, it's safe to donate blood every 56 days.

And, by donating blood, you can save a life.

To learn more about donating blood, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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