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Monday, June 22, 2009

8 Ways to Stay Healthy - 1. Give blood

8 Ways to Stay Healthy
Does staying healthy seem like your second job? Exercising, cooking and eating right, taking your vitamins, and keeping a positive outlook take a lot of effort. And if you're doing it all, congratulations. Keep up the good work! Everyone can try other simple and practical ways to get an extra health boost. Here are some suggestions.



1. Give blood
By Dr. Mark Liponis, Parade

About five million Americans require blood transfusions every year, and there is always a need for blood. Yet it's estimated that less than 10 percent of eligible donors actually give. The good news is that donating blood also may make you healthier. In a recent long-term study of more than a million Scandinavian blood donors, giving blood was found to be linked with a lower risk of cancers (liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat) in men, with risk dropping as blood donation increased. Blood donation also may reduce the risk of heart disease in men, although it's not yet clear why this may be true. And there's no harm in women giving blood, either. You'll also get a mini-checkup when you give blood, since you'll have your blood pressure checked, and you'll be interviewed about your health history. What could be better than helping to save a life while improving your own health in the process?

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