blood donation

By garcia89 Latest Reply 2010-01-20 09:41:26 -0600
Started 2010-01-18 04:30:02 -0600

Can a person with type 1 or type 2 donate blood?

11 replies

Zimoss 2010-01-19 21:32:28 -0600 Report

only real issues of concern were listed above… but to recap from American red cross site:

Insulin: Donors with diabetes who since 1980, ever used bovine (beef) insulin made from cattle from the United Kingdom are not eligible to donate. This requirement is related to concerns about variant CJD, or 'mad cow' disease

general diabetes: Diabetics who are well controlled on insulin or oral medications are eligible to donate

Deb-G 2010-01-20 09:41:26 -0600 Report

Definitely…check with your state though beause add to that any recent changes in insulin dose within a couple weeks and a couple other tiny things that dont allow you to give…I think in some cases they are aiming to protect the donor, who has to recoup, then deny you because they dont want you…So keep that in mind as well :) Sometimes its just a matter of going back a few weeks later …

alanbossman 2010-01-18 20:50:43 -0600 Report

I am a t2 and i have given blood twice to the red cross. I check the box when it says are you a diabetic. and they never turn me down.

spiritwalker 2010-01-18 16:30:38 -0600 Report

I live in Wisconsin and here to the best of my knowledge
we can not donate. I attempted to when a family member was in need. They told me they could not let me since I was diabetic. My average A1C is 6. equal to a non
diabetic but it didn't make a difference.


kdroberts 2010-01-18 19:19:17 -0600 Report

There were plain wrong, there is nothing in any of the official rules about being diabetic other than the two I posted above. Anything else can and should be challenged because it goes against official guidelines and could be considered discriminatory.

Deb-G 2010-01-18 21:05:52 -0600 Report

Spirit…In WI there are some restrictions if you are on insulin…

one would be the type of insulin..I dont remember full details but it would be possible if you are on or have had the Insulin that they mention…

Also if you've had a recent change of insulin dose in two weeks prior to when you are looking to give, they will deny you.

kdroberts 2010-01-18 06:15:22 -0600 Report

There are two reasons a diabetic may not be eligible.

1. If your diabetes is not controlled.
2. If you have ever taken bovine insulin.

Other than that you just have to meet the same eligibility requirements that everyone else does.

paulbudman 2010-01-18 05:09:37 -0600 Report

Red Cross>Diabetics who are well controlled on insulin or oral medications are eligible to donate.
I would check their website for other eligibility requirments.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-18 04:43:20 -0600 Report

I'd like to know, too. Would love to donate blood but haven't been sure that I could, what with all those meds coursing through my veins…

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