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Can a type 1 diabetic donate blood?

Can a type 1 diabetic donate blood?

Yes: Diabetes is not a condition that keeps you from donating, though it is important that you eat and monitor your blood sugars prior to donating. Communicable diseases like hiv, hepatitis; foreign travel; or anemia conditions are just a few things that limit people from donating blood. Ask your physician if you are unsure about your ability to donate. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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What percentage of a type 1 diabetic father's children will be type 1 diabetics also?

What percentage of a type 1 diabetic father's children will be type 1 diabetics also?

Low: In the past I have read the risk is at or less than 5% in any offspring of a type one.The risk of type 2 would be a separate issue and relate to the risk in the general population. You will be aware and more vigilant to the symptoms than most, and I would not make this a reason to avoid parenthood. ...Read more

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Can having a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabete?

Can having a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabete?

Pancreas transplant: Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals. ...Read more

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Can diabetes mellitus type 1 have tattoo?

Can diabetes mellitus type 1 have tattoo?

Yes, but...: Diabetic patients always at greater risk of infection from it than normal people... So avoid , but if 'insist' , do when sugars well controlled. ...Read more

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For what reasons type 2 diabetics don't get acidosis where as type 1 diabetics do?

For what reasons type 2 diabetics don't get acidosis where as type 1 diabetics do?

Because type 1 folks: Have absolute deficientcy of Insulin and type 2 patients have a 'relative' lack of Insulin or Insulin action. ...Read more

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Can getting a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabetes?

Can getting a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabetes?

Yes: But usually reserve for patients who have frequent severe low sugars, other severe complications because risk of pancreas transplants-death, side effects of meds to prevent rejection- are usually worse than diabetes state that is controlled by patient with diet, meds. ...Read more

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How is low blood sugar related to having type 1 diabetes?

How is low blood sugar related to having type 1 diabetes?

Not related: Type 1 diabetes is due to near total deficiency of Insulin and is associated with high blood glucose among other metabolic issues. Administration of Insulin to treat type 1 diabetes may cause temporary low blood sugar. ...Read more

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Can a diabetic patient donate blood?

Can a diabetic patient donate blood?

Yes: As long as well managed and stable, so that aspect will not be a problem. If on oral hypoglycemic, (like glyburide), better to donate early in day and take med late so it does not cause potential problem for recipient. Should not be a problem. ...Read more

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What is the required blood sugar level for a diabetes type 1 patient?

What is the required blood sugar level for a diabetes type 1 patient?

Normal range: Diabetes needs to be have blood sugar controlled in order to decrease the many side effects. The goal should be about normal levels. ...Read more

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What happens if a type 1 diabetic has low blood sugar? High blood sugar?

What happens if a type 1 diabetic has low blood sugar? High blood sugar?

Read up on it: Your question cannot be answered in 400 characters. You could do a search on type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. There are many many online resources for people wanting to learn more because a friend or relative has type 1 ...Read more

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What will happen if a type 1 diabetic took type 2 diabetic pills?

What will happen if a type 1 diabetic took type 2 diabetic pills?

Depends: It depends on which diabetes pills are taken. Some Type 2 pills stimulate insulin or depend on your insulin, and a type 1 diabetic has no insulin, so the pill would do nothing. Other pills make you more sensitive to insulin, or cause you to lose glucose in the urine. These may lower glucose in a type 1 diabetic, but that person will still need insulin. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Can a diabetic , donate a kidney.?

Can a diabetic , donate a kidney.?

NO: DM is a contraindication to donation. But your generosity is profound. Wish we had more donors like you. Take care. ...Read more

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Can a person with type 2 diabetes, (blood sugar normally 140-170 on insulin) vomit from a blood sugar of 90?

Can a person with type 2 diabetes, (blood sugar normally 140-170 on insulin)  vomit from a blood sugar of 90?

No: Hi. You can CERTAINLY vomit with a blood sugar of 90, but it's not the blood sugar of 90 that made you vomit. You have something else going on that made you vomit (GI virus, gastroparesis, etc). Talk with your doc if it keeps up. Good luck! ...Read more

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What happens to a person with type 1 diabetes?

What happens to a person with type 1 diabetes?

Many Possibilities: See my other answers on topic. Like all dx, this is only a label (if accurate) of a small set of issues. As always, your primary medical decision maker is yourself, no one else, & docs are primarily paid for disease, not health. Thus emphasize self-education & track the results of all your choices, as implemented, always focusing on excellence, not normality. Use the internet: carefully, wisely. ...Read more

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How is a urinalysis test related to type 1 diabetes?

How is a urinalysis test related to type 1 diabetes?

Sugar runs thru you: The term diabetes mellitus translated means: sugar runs thru you. In years before labs the doc could smell the sweet odor on a diametics breath & verify their suspicion by touching a dab of their urine to their tongue. If your sugar lever is up it spills into the pee and a urinalysis can pick it up. ...Read more

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Does a fasting glucose blood test rule out diabetes type 1 and 2?

Does a fasting glucose blood test rule out diabetes type 1 and 2?

If it's normal: It rules out type 1 diabetes, but you can still have "mild" type 2 diabetes in the early stages with after meal glucoses being elevated but normal fasting. It's called impaired glucose tolerance. Check an hba1c test for more information. ...Read more