Can a Diabetes Patient Donate Blood?

A diabetic patient may want to help others by donating blood, however, can a diabetes patient donate blood in 2018? The answer is not so black and white because some can and some cannot.  There are a few reasons why a diabetic patient would not be able to donate blood, however, if you are diabetic and meet requirements you may be able to donate.

Insulin and Donating

If you are wanting to donate blood and you have been diagnosed with Diabetes but you have to take insulin to control your blood sugar levels you are generally not able to donate blood. If you take bovine-derived insulin then you are automatically declined from donating blood. Other insulins may be able to still donate depending on your overall health. If you take insulin contact your local blood drive or donation centers to find out if your insulin type is allowed and for more information. Each donation center has a variety of rules. Also note that if you have Diabetes and you do not take insulin now or if you take any other insulin besides bovine-derived insulin you may be able to donate, however, if you have ever taken bovine-derived insulin you should be sure to tell the donation center because this may cause you to become ineligible to donate blood.

Blood Sugars Under Control

You may be able to donate blood if you are Diabetic if your blood sugar levels are under control and have been for quite some time. You also may be able to donate blood if your Diabetes is under control with oral medication. Many oral medications for diabetes are allowed to be taken to control your blood sugar levels so you can donate blood.

The key to donating blood if you have Diabetes is controlled blood sugar levels along with a healthy lifestyle. If you have no medical problems other than Diabetes and you do not take bovine-derived insulin you should be able to donate blood even if you take oral medication to help control your sugar levels. Another useful thing to know about donating blood when you have Diabetes is that you cannot have any complications that are related to your Diabetes. This would include eye problems, kidney problems, and blood vessel problems. These issues may cause you to become ineligible for donation.

Type of Diabetes and Donating

Whether you have Type I Diabetes or Type II Diabetes you are always eligible to donate. It is your whole medical history and if you take insulin that may cause you to be ineligible. If you are leading a healthy lifestyle and your blood sugar levels are in a healthy range consistently than you are more than likely going to be able to donate blood to help save the lives of many. If you take oral medications you will also be able to donate blood as well. Oral medications are more accepted than insulin. Insulin, especially bovine-derived insulins, are trickier. Some insulins are okay and you will be able to donate, however, some you are not able to. With a good health certificate, regulated blood sugars, and a healthy lifestyle you are more than likely able to donate blood.