Can I give blood?

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2010-11-01 15:36:22 -0500
Started 2010-11-01 13:54:40 -0500

I used to give blood regularly, until I started having health issues. Now that I'm stabilized, I'm wondering if I could / should start up again. I think the few drugs I'm on are okay with blood donation, but I'm wondering what effect this will have on my A1c tests. Almost seems like it would make them better, and might even be healthier for me given that it would force my body to make more fresh red blood cells. I probably should put this on my list to discuss with my doctor, but in the meantime, does anyone have some insight to share with me? Thanks

8 replies

Rjhill74 2010-11-01 15:32:42 -0500 Report

You can still give blood. After i was diagnosed I went to give blood and they told me that having diabetes would not affect whoever the blood was being given to and that I could still give.

GabbyPA 2010-11-01 15:19:21 -0500 Report

My mom has been donating regularly for years, both as non and diabetic. I am proud of her, she has given over 19 gallons so far. As KD mentioned, it will affect your A1c. But as long as you are in good control, it's good for you to be donating. I am planning to start doing it too.

CaliKo 2010-11-01 15:29:07 -0500 Report

Thanks. Wow, 19 gallons is impressive. I think I was "only" up to 5 gallons and something, and it seemed like I gave often!

GabbyPA 2010-11-01 15:31:25 -0500 Report

She does that platelets too, so she gets to donate more often. Plus, she's I bet she has a few years on you. LOL

CaliKo 2010-11-01 15:35:12 -0500 Report

I gave platelets for awhile, too, because I came close to getting a transfusion after an eclampsia c-section delivery. Figured someone else would appreciate the gift if they were where I'd been.

kdroberts 2010-11-01 14:04:21 -0500 Report

You can give blood if a) your blood sugar is under control and b) you have never used a beef based insulin from the UK, plus all the standard stuff for donating blood. It will mess with your A1c and give you a lower reading than it actually should be so to get an accurate result you would need to wait a couple of months or so after donating. Remember, the A1c is just an informational test, the actual stuff the A1c tests for doesn't actually cause any health problems as far as I know.

CaliKo 2010-11-01 14:13:20 -0500 Report

That's what I was hoping to hear, thanks. No insulin for me yet. My A1c tests are 6 months apart now that I have good control, so I'm thinking I'm okay to give the first 3 or 4 months. Thanks.

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