Has anyone ever given blood being a diabetic?

Sly Kitty
By Sly Kitty Latest Reply 2012-01-07 20:24:36 -0600
Started 2011-12-20 16:53:08 -0600

Is it not allowed or unsafe? Generally they test you before allowing you to give blood, but I am wondering if anyone has done this as perhaps borderline diabetic or was rejected as a donor because of this condition. Did you donate blood before being diabetic? Thank you

17 replies

pixsidust 2011-12-24 10:56:24 -0600 Report

I was exposed to Hep B when I worked at Barnes Hospital. An intern left a dirty needle sticking up on a table and it stuck my arm when I was giving a patient an EKG. I never contracted it as they gave me a shot gamma globulin shot that boosted my resistance. I tried to give blood one time. I was so dizzy and weak afterwards that I had to drink tons of juice and crackers afterwards (before diabetes). I did not feel good for a couple of days. I then got a letter stating because of the antibodies in my blood for Hep B they discarded my blood.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-07 11:07:05 -0600 Report

I cannot donate right now because my doctor told me until I get my diabetes under better control (they are still changing my insulin) I am a good candidate for a stroke. Thank you

pixsidust 2012-01-07 16:18:00 -0600 Report

I am so sorry and hope you can quickly get that under control. How are your triglycerides. Mine were way high 1051 and that why they told me I was headed for a stroke

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-01-07 20:23:23 -0600 Report

Everything was normal except my A1c & that was 7.9 plus I had a drop in BS and it scared me because my heart raced and I was sweating profusly & I was shaking so badly I could bearly test my blood and felt like I couldn't stand or function. I took some maple syrup because I knew that would raise my BS quickly & it did.

alanbossman 2011-12-21 19:15:25 -0600 Report

Sly Kitty the Red Cross will test your blood and you will read a big booklet, they will ask you questions. But just because you are diabetic does not mean you can not give blood I have been giving blood for years and when I was DX they still took my blood. Just call the Red Cross they will help you.

azblackwidow 2011-12-21 18:28:21 -0600 Report

They test your iron levels on the spot. All blood is tested prior to being processed. If they can't accept your donation they will send you a letter letting you know that you are deferred from donation until the issue is resolved, under control, or in the event of a Blood borne pathogen, such as HIV, it is a permanent exemption/deferral.

Good luck.

alanbossman 2011-12-21 10:25:06 -0600 Report

Yes you can donate blood to the Red Cross I have donated alot of times and they just ask if you are in control of your BS. I take metformin and insulin no problem

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-21 16:47:11 -0600 Report

Thank you for your response. So they just take your word for it you are OK? I thought they tested your blood first, but I never really knew what they were testing for. So you are saying they are relying on your honesty. I would hate to think someone with aids gave blood and they were not tested first.

Caroltoo 2011-12-20 18:14:46 -0600 Report

I've donate 2 or 3 times since my diagnosis. I was just told last week that I would need doctor's certificate of approval to donate since I had a heart attack in 2005. I laughed and said ok, then questioned if their rules had changed because I know I've donated 2 times since 2005. Much head shaking and no answers. I submitted the form for my next appointment in March.

They do ask during the in personal interview, if you use medications and that might be the sticking point. Why don't you call and ask if oral medications or insulin would prohibit donation.

kingtatt 2011-12-20 17:00:22 -0600 Report

yes it is it a way to see your a1c and otherthings that flow through your vein beside they process it before they see if they can donate it