In addition to helping save three lives with every donation, did you know that giving blood has health benefits for the donor? It’s true – every time you donate blood, we measure your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and temperature, and we log those results in Digital Donor, our free online tool for blood donors.
April is National Minority Health Month, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share this awesome testimonial from one of our donors. Chris Gonzales discovered the benefits of using Digital Donor after his results prompted him to schedule a doctor’s appointment.
“While at the church where I was giving blood, I was told about the health check that I could access online. I gave The Blood Center a day and then logged onto Digital Donor. I scrolled down and found out that my cholesterol was 287. I knew that was high, but didn’t know much about cholesterol,” Chris said.
He scheduled a medical checkup and had a physician confirm the test results he received from The Blood Center. On his doctor’s recommendation, he started taking medication to lower his cholesterol and has made other lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, to ensure his cholesterol stays in a healthy range.
“My father and grandmother have both had heart surgeries, and my grandfather died from a heart attack,” he explained. ”Thanks to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, that is one less thing I have to worry about. Giving blood saved my life.”
If you have never logged in to Digital Donor, check it out. In addition to tracking your health information, you can schedule your next blood donation, keep up with your eligibility dates and access the Commit for Life store.