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Can Diabetics Donate Blood?

Donating blood is considered to be one of the most selfless ways of helping others.

But for diabetics certain factors may affect the eligibility for this cause. This does not mean all diabetics cannot donate blood, there are just a few requirements that need to be considered.

The eligibility depends on how well managed your condition is. The checklist includes:

  • If you are in good health
  • Sugar levels are in control
  • HbA1c levels are between 42- 47 mmol/mol.
  • Blood pressure is below 180/100

Apart from the above factors, you also need to ensure

  • You have a healthy heart
  • You have a detailed medication list that you use
  • You donate only once in a year

If you have these requirements in place, you can donate blood.

Diabetics who are Insulin dependent:

Persons who are dependent on insulin to control blood sugar levels are completely prohibited from donating blood. This is because such diabetics are prone to hypoglycemia.

Conditions that prohibit blood donations:

  • Hypoglycemia: Low sugar levels can be dangerous but can be avoided by eating a proper meal before donations( if allowed)
  • Diabetics who suffer from ulcers are also prohibited as ulcers are caused due to heart conditions which can worsen post donation. 
  • Patients who have had a pancreatic tissue transplant
  • Diabetics suffering from kidney issues
  • Diabetics with retinopathy issues.

As long as people maintain their blood sugar levels, they can donate blood. However it is better to consult your doctor first.It is also advisable to invest in a glucometer which will help maintain and keep a track of your blood sugar levels. 

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