Blood donor?

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2014-11-07 06:01:32 -0600
Started 2014-11-06 21:23:14 -0600

I am a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic and am on Metformin. I have been a blood donor in the past. Can I still donate?

4 replies

GabbyPA 2014-11-07 06:01:32 -0600 Report

Yep. My mom donated blood all the time while she was diabetic. As long as the medicines you are taking are okay with the blood bank you are using and you are healthy enough, go for it.

calayx 2014-11-07 01:08:29 -0600 Report

I donated blood for many years. The American Red Cross stated as long as I followed their standards it was fine to donate as a diabetic.
Last year I received transfusions. They told me I had to wait one year from the last transfusions to start donating again.
Best wishes,

jayabee52 2014-11-06 23:06:21 -0600 Report

Yes, I used to be a donor to the ARC (red cross) here in Las Vegas. I was on Met for several years and had no problems with failure to clot. I was deferred once because of other medications but later was accepted again when I DC'd the offending med. I haven't donated now in about 10 yrs due to my CKD and dialysis for which I am injected with heparin to slow down my clotting. Sometimes my clotting factor is too fast and once one of the dialysis needles clotted up on me. They had to put another needle in me to start dialysis.

When they pulled that clotted needle out I found it interesting to see the clotting fibers sticking out of the end of that needle.

So if you are taking only Met you should not be having a problem with lack of clotting. Might you have taken an asprin or other NSAID to ease pain within 12 hrs? That might have the effect you experienced.

Thank you for doing this service to the community. I wish I still could.

God's best to you

James .

haoleboy 2014-11-06 21:53:14 -0600 Report

most likely yes … rules may vary by location but no real reason you can't as long as you re in decent control

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