Does anyone know if diabetics can give blood to the blood drive???

By krystpynen11 Latest Reply 2011-05-03 06:58:44 -0500
Started 2011-03-03 10:09:48 -0600

i know this is going to sound like a stupid question but i always wanted to know if type 1 diabetics can give blood to the blood drive?

64 replies

eristar 2011-05-03 06:58:44 -0500 Report

What an excellent question! Thank you, and thank those who have given such interesting answers as well!

Yasmina 2011-04-11 10:48:30 -0500 Report

I'm not sure of this either, but I am also wondering if a diabetic can be an organ donor? Does anyone have any information on that? I have always been afraid that with being a diabetic that there would be a problom.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-11 11:42:48 -0500 Report

I have heard that due to the risk of kidney failure from diabetes you cannot donate a kidney. I do not know if there would be prodlems with being a donor after you no longer need any of your organs.

jayabee52 2011-04-11 12:25:55 -0500 Report

that is what I concluded from my search engine search (above)

dietcherry 2011-04-11 12:37:52 -0500 Report

My Endo told me once I could be a donor after death-organs are in demand-as long as there wasnt any disease in the organ. And there are other things that are harvested besides organs-skin, muscle, etc. :)

mo82601 2011-04-10 22:33:14 -0500 Report


mun-kay-zee 2011-05-02 20:27:26 -0500 Report

Greetings: I am also a long-duration patient (next year [2012] - I'll be starting my 50th year of treatment; I was diagnosed the week of the 'Cuban Missle Crisis'). Anyway, I donate blood a couple of times every year. Actually, I attempt to donate blood about 6 or 7 weeks before an A1c test - cause 'new' blood exhibits less history, than the old. LOL

Anonymous 2011-05-03 00:50:48 -0500 Report

Isn't that cheating a bit? LoL!

Don't you WANT an accurate A1c?

cavie2 2011-05-03 02:45:44 -0500 Report

Jayabee52 you took the words right out my mouth. I have a massive needle phobia and it takes me all my time to inject insulin, if it weren't for that I would be trying it myself. lol

Tigereyze209 2011-04-10 23:56:08 -0500 Report

Actually, your lab tech is correct about the bovine derived Insulin. Use of it is grounds for permanent deferral, meaning, you can't ever donate blood due to the possibility of transference of the human form of mad cow disease, even if one is only as a carrier. They also don't allow anyone who served in central Europe during the 80's for a similar reason, since you may have eaten beef that might have been exposed to mad cow.

Type1Lou 2011-04-10 10:42:47 -0500 Report

After my Type 1 diagnosis in 1976, I was advised that I could no longer donate blood. I imagined itwais because of the insulin levels in my blood and the possible side effects that taking this blood could have on me and on the one receiving it. I hadn't looked into the issue since 1976,; since then many things could have changed. I just went to the Red Cross web site and checked their eligibility requirements. Checking under "Diabetes", the Red Cross stated that diabetics on insulin or medications who are well controlled are eligible to donate. I'm glad you raised this question!

GrandmaRita 2011-04-10 02:51:53 -0500 Report

I am a Type 2 diabetic on no medication. I was permitted to donate blood recently. They simply asked if I had a good breakfast and was my morning blood sugar was (I was giving in the morning). I had no problem with the process.

Tigereyze209 2011-04-09 21:11:42 -0500 Report

Well, it seems I made a slight mistake on the blood factor that makes me a prefered donation for premies, etc. I am a type o pos with cmv neg.
Oh, and I just made another donation, and got myself another t-shirt.

jayabee52 2011-04-10 16:01:48 -0500 Report

What is CMV neg? Never heard of that.

Tigereyze209 2011-04-11 00:14:44 -0500 Report

There is a very common, and relatively harmless, infection that almost everyone gets by the time they are adults, and they naturally form anti-bodies against it, making them effectively immune. They are present in most peoples blood, and don't really do anything. But to preemies, folks with aids, small kids, and others with a compromised or immature immune system, they can be toxic, even fatal. I am not unique, but somehow, I have managed to avoid ever being exposed to that virus, and so, my body never formed the antibodies. So, my blood can be used to make products to treat folks with leukemia, cancer, preemies, and so on. The lack of it is called CM V neg, while most everyone is CM V pos.
Hey, I only know I have it because they specifically tested for it, found out I don't have it, and explained it to me in simple terms.

Saved by Grace
Saved by Grace 2011-04-09 11:23:38 -0500 Report

I am a type 2 diabetic and I donate blood every 57 days. I keep my glucose under control and have never had any problem donating. I am working on my 2nd gallon. Talk to your doctor and take his/her advice.

rhliles 2011-04-09 08:29:09 -0500 Report

As a Type 2 who also has iron overload(hemochromatosis), I HAVE to give blood or the the iron will accumulate and eventually kill me. I have given over 12 gallons in the last 20 years.

Susan Belle
Susan Belle 2011-04-09 21:44:57 -0500 Report

I am a 4 gallon donor, working on 5, female, 63, type 2, my Dr said if I get chest pains it's like an oil change for older people. So when I give - I actually feel better!

mel1555 2011-04-09 18:33:50 -0500 Report

How ofter do you give blood? Does the blood bank have a problem with the iron overload?

rhliles 2011-04-09 19:33:41 -0500 Report

I give blood about 4 times a year now. Although I have a common A+ blood type, my donation is flagged as rare every time. They told me that it is used for infants or anyone with weak immune systems. Although I have diabetes I'm never sick. They love my blood.

mel1555 2011-04-10 00:30:32 -0500 Report

I looked up the hemochromatosis on the Red Cross website. It says donors are not accepted with the ailment but that there is a study ongoing to consider using donors systemwide.

rhliles 2011-04-11 11:37:34 -0500 Report

Blood from someone with hemochromatosis is functionally identical to someone without it with the exception that it may contain additional iron. So it's like high octane blood. I keep my iron at the low end, and sometimes below normal.

rhliles 2011-04-10 11:33:06 -0500 Report

I don't give at Red Cross. I've given at two blood banks for the last twenty years and neither has a problem taking my blood.

brum 2011-04-09 13:23:30 -0500 Report

wow! that is amazing. I too wondered if I could give blood with pre diabetes. now I know Thanks. I used to donate but stopped when I had to take care of my Mom. I'll start again.

MrsJgKENT 2011-03-06 14:21:11 -0600 Report

I think you need to ask Your Dr…mine told me it was a no go,,,,the main reason was sugar levels can drop.

courtcat79 2011-03-05 19:37:41 -0600 Report

I have never been able to and I have had diabetes since I was 14. They say its because of the meds that diabetics have to take. They had plasma donations places here in PA too that I was denied for as well because of my having diabetes.

tbloom 2011-04-09 18:34:44 -0500 Report

i donate blood and i was told it was ok by the donor location where i go and i live in PA

Tigereyze209 2011-03-04 13:35:15 -0600 Report

Simply adding to the conversation, I donated blood platelets only a little over an hour ago.. and my blood condition is DMC, which means, Premies, babys, cancer patients and those with aids can safely use my blood parts. It is almost embarrassing how much they go out of their way to treat me well so I am encouraged to keep coming back as often as I am allowed. It is all for a good cause, so I am happy to do it. Oh, and I am also type O pos, which almost makes me a universal donor.

Hopieland 2011-04-09 14:03:06 -0500 Report

Good to know! I'm type O+ also. I'll see if I can find a donor site here. It would feel so good to be able to donate again.

JennaD 2011-03-04 13:21:46 -0600 Report

Most places will not and in my phlebotomy class we were told that it is not wise to do a blood draw on a patient with diabetes. The reason for that is that the sugar levels change so quickly in a diabetic. You will want to check with your physician, they are your best resource for information of this kind, they have your best interests in mind.

jessarenea 2011-05-02 21:39:49 -0500 Report

You should tell my local hospital that they can't drawl blood on me because I have type 1 diabetes…I go into the emergency room for stomach problems every few days and they drawl several vials and then come back for more! They've even asked to donate blood because I aquired some rare anti-body during one of my many blood transfusions…

Truckers home
Truckers home 2011-04-09 10:24:37 -0500 Report

Im sorry but I don't know how old your Info is but inorder to get the A1C levels as well full blood panal you have to draw blood from anyone not just those that DON'T have diabetes. My mother was type 2 and they allowed her to donate platelets not whole blood. I was just diagnosed in June a s pre but I haven't tried yet I know they need me to because Im O Neg Universal

Hopieland 2011-04-09 14:06:05 -0500 Report

Good point! It may be an individual thing. Don't they interview you B4 you donate blood? They could decided what they can draw. I know they don't want blood if you have a cold, or recently the flu or whatever. Makes sense, huh?

melissa5786 2011-03-04 07:35:31 -0600 Report

I had to call the blood bank when I got out of the hospital to ask them to remove my name from the donors list :( It was a hard day. I ALWAYS gave blood. But, my diabetes gave me anemia as well, so I'm unable to give that gift any more. It's hard because we have blood drives at work all the time and I want to give so badly… It's just one of those things I had to sacrifice.

Hopieland 2011-04-09 14:07:57 -0500 Report

I remember now, being told years and years ago I couldn't give blood anymore (I was close to my first Gal!) bcoz I was anemic. But I wasn't a D then.

GabbyPA 2011-03-03 18:56:57 -0600 Report

My mom donates blood and platelets consistently. You just have to come in with your list of meds and there is a threshold of iron you will need to pass. But if that is met, you should be able to with no problems.

jayabee52 2011-03-03 13:16:03 -0600 Report

I used to give blood when I was first Dx'd t2. But when they found I was DM, they asked me if I was on certain meds. If I was on any one of the meds on the list, I would be deferred. They would defer me if my BP was high also. I was told when I got my kidney disease, that I was permanently deferred.

I really loved the way I felt, (physically and emotionally) after donating.

Hopieland 2011-04-09 14:10:39 -0500 Report

You are such a giver anyway. It does hurt when we're denied helping others when we really enjoy it. You bless all of us!

jayabee52 2011-04-09 18:57:55 -0500 Report

Yes it does give me a twinge of pain too. But I understand why I must be deferred. I am grateful there are others who do give, because back in Nov 2010 I had a bleeding ulcer and needed 6 units. My good friend Suzanne died of a bleeding ulcer on the same week I was in hospital. Her pancreatic artery was perforated. I'm told she had 2 complete transfusions before she passed.

Thank you Hopie!


kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 10:54:37 -0600 Report

I think your sugar has to be under control, not certain, but that is what I have been told, also it depends on your health conditions, and if one has had a body piercing in a year, that's the info that was passed to me, when I was going to give a blood transfusion, I told my sister-in-law, if she got my blood- it might make her She's a ICU Nurse, and is in stage 4 cancer, she has to have lots of blood, lately.

kdroberts 2011-03-03 11:02:44 -0600 Report

The 12 months for piercings is only if there is a question about the stuff used to pierce being sterile or not. If it was done with sterile equipment then the 12 month wait doesn't apply.

kittenpurr1 2011-04-11 11:24:51 -0500 Report

The hospital told me, you can't prove any thing is sterile at those places, even if they use gloves; it's best to be safe, than sorry! Plus, your levels have to be in control, and you can't have shingles, either. Plus, a few more illnesses they listed.

Gimpalong 2011-05-03 01:41:47 -0500 Report

Do you mean that you can't give because of shingles you had in the past, or do you mean if you have shingles now?

kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 14:25:12 -0600 Report

Thanks, b/c my sister-in-law needs a blood transfusion, and I was told I had to wait till July, even if the piercings are gone now.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-03 10:49:02 -0600 Report

That's so weird I just had a conversation with a friend about this last night. It's good to know that I can still give blood.

MAYS 2011-03-03 10:32:18 -0600 Report

It depends on your personal health history.
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kdroberts 2011-03-03 10:28:59 -0600 Report

It depends but probably yes. Obviously you have to qualify under all the standard qualification stuff but there is some specific diabetes criteria. You have to be considered a controlled diabetic, although that isn't really defined I would imagine it means an A1c 7 or under. The other stipulation, and it probably doesn't apply to you, is if you have used bovine insulin that was made from cattle in the UK after 1980 you are not eligible to ever donate.

granniesophie 2011-03-03 14:02:02 -0600 Report

KD-that's truer than you think-and it applies to anyone who lived in Europe in the 80's-diabetic or not! They were so concerned about Mad Cow Disease and being a carrier, that if you lived there for any length of time and then came home, you can't donate until like the 2200's-I know-tried after 9/11-and got told that. I don't think I'll live long enough!!

Hopieland 2011-04-09 14:15:38 -0500 Report

This is interesting. Never thot about Mad Cow Disease being connected with giving blood. As for living in Europe, no problem…but living long enough…we may all be dead from The Economy-Itis by then. (ha-ha)

Tigereyze209 2011-03-03 10:22:03 -0600 Report

The short answer is, yes, as long as you have it to spare. (some diabetics are anemic, so it is not a catty remark) As long as you are upfront about your condition with the intake techs at the collection center, they can label it and avoid giving it to folks who can't tolerate it. I donate blood regularly, and have never had any problems other than a ham handed tech who missed a vein and gave me a bruise. They simply switched arms and still tapped off a pint.
What is interesting is that there is something missing in my blood that most adults have, that makes my blood suitable for preemies who normally can't tolerate most donors blood, so they love it when I come around again.
I applaud your public mindedness and encourage others to do likewise.
God bless you.