CAN TYPE ONE DIABETICS DONATE BLOOD??

roshy
By roshy Latest Reply 2014-12-10 14:11:50 -0600
Started 2011-11-29 13:35:55 -0600

i could google it but i thought id ask!!! does your a1c need to be of a certain limit?


9 replies

jcarlisle
jcarlisle 2014-12-10 13:51:51 -0600 Report

Yeah, I'm a Type 1, and I donate Platelets every week… in the Past I did notice that when doing whole blood my A1C would drop… reason being, your body makes new blood to replace what you donated, and it does not have the Tracers used to monitor Long term Sugar… I asked my Endo about that, and he said he had never heard that before, but when we discussed it, he said that makes perfect sense… Would call it a form of cheating though… if you do that to make your numbers look better! *GRIN*

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-12-10 14:11:50 -0600 Report

Howdy JCarlisle
WELCOME to DC!
yep I would say that is cheating — cheating yourself as you don't know what your A1c is at any time

Thank you for donating
God's best to you.

James

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-11-30 06:34:45 -0600 Report

your blood suger numbers have to be under control. from when i looked up this idea i was curious too when it came to being diabetic.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-11-29 21:05:15 -0600 Report

Actually, A1c does matter. Although I don't know if they would ask for proof, they will ask if your diabetes is well controlled which means (for the most part) they will want an A1c under 7. There are also a couple of restrictions if you have used bovine insulin in the past. This is red cross rules, private banks may not take diabetics at all, it's down to their personal policy.

Donating blood artificially lowers your A1c which basically makes the A1c test useless as a doctor shouldn't use the result for anything. That's the case when any significant amount of blood is lost or there are other conditions that will affect the result. Basically that means that although you may get a lower A1c, you will not see any benefit to it so it would be as if your A1c was higher. The opposite is also true for things that artificially raise your A1c results.

roshy
roshy 2011-11-29 14:12:52 -0600 Report

i am soooo excited now!! maybe we should spread the word!!!!! save lifes and get a potential lower a1c!!! win win situation!!!

roshy
roshy 2011-11-29 14:01:36 -0600 Report

Really gabby?? god i never even though of that!!! does it lower your a1c?? ill have to donate every 3 months if thats the case!! thanks for filling me in pal!!! hope your keeping well!!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-11-29 14:08:34 -0600 Report

LOL...I think that is why my mom's A1c is so low. She doesn't eat that great, but her A1c's are always in the low 6's upper 5's. I would give, but my veins run away...all the phlabotomists hate to see me coming.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-11-29 13:57:13 -0600 Report

Yep, you can donate. Nope, your A1c doesn't matter to the blood center. (at least here in the US it doesn't) The only thing they care about is contractible diseases and your iron levels.

Now, does donating blood change your A1c? Yep...so be aware of that.