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Could Donate Blood Be Part of the Solution?

Could Donate Blood Be Part of the Solution?

Metabolic Syndrome - 

Metabolic Syndrome has become a huge problem in America and is the first step on the road to diabetes. According to the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, about one-third of Americans (34%) suffer from this condition with its serious impacts on heart and other diseases. The incidence of this condition is rising rapidly along with the epidemic of obesity. In 2002, the NIH estimate of prevalence was only 24%. The costs in terms of human quality of life and increased healthcare demands are staggering

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

It is a group of risk factors when brought together contribute to heart disease or diabetes.
It may include; high waist circumference, hypertension or prehypertension, high triglycerides, high blood glucose, abdominal fat buildup and low levels of the cardioprotective high-density cholesterol. Not only does this set of factors greatly increase cardiovascular disease risk and diabetes, but it also significantly raises cancer risks.

Blood Donation May Help

In a small study published in the BMJ (May 30, 2012), 33 obese participants had 300ml or about two-fifths of a pint of blood drawn at the start and again after four weeks. Six weeks after the second blood draw when blood volume had returned to normal, the average systolic blood pressure (the high number) had dropped from 148 to 130 and they also showed improvements in cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and heart rate. The theory is that the reduction of excess iron was the causative factor in these improvements.


Donating blood is simple and safe and it's the right thing to do. It may save not just another's life, but possibly your own.

To donate blood, you must be in good health, at least 17 and at least 110 pounds. To find a blood donation location you can visit the American Red Cross website and enter your zip code to find the closest blood bank. You can also view upcoming blood drives in your area.
Could Donate Blood Be Part of the Solution?

Could Donate Blood Be Part of the Solution?

What else can I do?

In addition, resistance training such as weights, bands, machines and open-chain exercises such as full or partial squats, pushups, etc have been shown to be the number one best medical practice for type two diabetes.

In my opinion, everyone, whether obese or not, should have their serum ferreting levels checked from time to time and seek to keep their serum ferritin in the 40-80 ng/ml range.
Take care of your heart so it can take care of you.