Diabetics Giving Blood

By Avera Latest Reply 2008-09-28 16:12:10 -0500
Started 2008-09-01 14:47:18 -0500

When I first learned that I had Diabetes, I just thought I could never donate blood again, BUT, you and I both can. Yes, you can donate blood, if you meet the following criteria:
Your sugar level is controlled.
You are in good health.
Your blood pressure is below 180/100.
You are not anemic (low red blood cells).
Of course, you will be asked other question that might also disqualify you. They will ask if you have received bovine (beef) insulin since 1980, you may not be eligible to donate. That's because some bovine insulin was made from cattle in the United Kingdom and might carry Creutzfeldt-Jakob (or "mad cow") disease.
Have any of you ever given blood since you've had diabetes?

10 replies

sbelle 2008-09-06 13:48:30 -0500 Report

Yes i gave blood two months ago I am not on insulin but byetta and metformin went fine

cjh - 18518
cjh - 18518 2008-09-11 08:04:12 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for this discussion—I always thought that diabetics COULD NOT donate blood. I will have to look into it in my state.

Ryan 2008-09-06 13:39:57 -0500 Report

When my work used to give me time off to donate, I used to donate platelets(apheresis/plasmapheresis)every week for 7 weeks straight, then they'd make me take a break for a month or two, I forget. I went so much I got this thank you card saying thanks for your donating of 10 gallons of plasma/blood. I started off with whole blood and saw these guys in nicer chairs watching movies, being waited on hand and foot and I was like hey!!! What's up with that? I signed up for that the next time I went in. Kept going until I got sick and had to quit my job. Thank goodness for Social Security disability. I ain't that old but I definitely need it and I am blessed to have it and to have gotten it so quickly. I have heard of people waiting a year or 2 to get it, i got mine in a few months.


Elfin 2008-09-28 16:12:10 -0500 Report

Hey Ryan
There sure is a feeling of family when you donate platlets, enjoy the movies and the snack after.Sometimes they have to come back and ask us to keep it down.LOL, but it sure proves that donating doesn't hurt!!! The best thing is that now I am using a one-arm rather than the older two arm machines. Boy what a relief, now I can scratch my own nose. LOL

I'm sorry you can no longer donate, I know your blood center misses you. I keep trying to recruit more folks. because it is such a good cause…so now one or two of my friends are regular donors.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-05 11:15:09 -0500 Report

I could never give blood with all the problems I was going through, but if I could of I would of been first in line.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-09-05 10:59:50 -0500 Report

I gave blood several times after I became diabetic and before the anemias took over my life. I always was honest about the medications I was on for hypertension, and was not turned down.

Elfin 2008-09-04 15:57:16 -0500 Report

Hi all, I started donating blood in 2003 after I was diagnosed with type 2. Over the years I have donated over 15 gallons. Then 3 years ago I shifted to donating platelets. Donating platelets is called apherisis and involves blood taken from one arm, driven though a fancy machine to remove some plasma and platelets. and then replacing your blood. No pain to you and because it does not take the red blood cells you can donate every 2 weeks, though I usually allow 3 weeks. One donation will help 3 people. When I first started there were a lot of restrictions on medications, but these are greatly reduced. So if anyone was told several years ago that they could not donate, check with your local blood center…you may be able to now. What a wonderful way to help others. Here in Central Florida they even give away t-shirts,:-)cups ;-) and $10 gift certificates :-D. Really love the ones for gasoline!! LOL

Edie 2008-09-04 01:30:38 -0500 Report

I've given Blood twice the last time was for my oldest Granddaughter while she was having Kidney Surgery. After that I was told to wait and come back after 1 year as I had had Surgery and they said it wouldn't be safe. Since then my sugar numbers have been allover the board.

kdroberts 2008-09-03 04:41:28 -0500 Report

I'm still wondering when they will change their CJD restrictions. Especially when I keep hearing how dire blood stocks are.

Ryan 2008-09-01 17:49:48 -0500 Report

I've heard of airline pilots doing it to help control their bg levels. Apparently, if they have to control their diabetes w/ insulin, they're out of a job, so instead of relying of the insulin, they go to a phlebotomist and get some blood take every few weeks and its supposed to lower your levels. I think the combo of oral meds and the blood "donating, kkeeps their bg levels in check and then they can still fly.

Any pilots out there…comments???

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