‘Donating blood will not lead to weight gain’

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THE misconception that donating blood may lead to weight gain is still putting off some people from becoming a donor, a scientific officer at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Blood Donation Centre said.

According to Ken Teo, the centre had come across people who mistakenly think that they had gained weight after giving blood.

“I think this happens because after you donate blood, you lose calories and feel tired, so some people tend to eat more and sleep more after giving blood,” said Teo.

Another misconception is that people think that they will be able to get rid of certain diseases like diabetes by donating blood, Teo said.

“But this is not the case,” he said.

Teo also said that a lot of people are not aware that those above 65 years old can donate blood, provided that are fit to do so.

“We’ll have to do more checks and monitoring to make sure they’re okay to donate blood though, and it would be preferable for them to donate smaller amounts or bags of blood,” he said.

In Brunei, the minimum age requirement for giving blood is 17 years old (with parental consent). Anyone can donate blood as long as they weigh 45kg and above, and are deemed fit to do so by doctors.

The Brunei Times