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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

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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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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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34yrs M, T2 diabetic since 2.5 years, A1c - 5.3. Not on insulin, Is it ok to donate blood?

34yrs M, T2 diabetic since 2.5 years, A1c - 5.3. Not on insulin, Is it ok to donate blood?

Donate blood: If you are taking non-insulin drugs for control of diabetes (you are doing great at 5.3) it unfortunately is likely to stop you from donating blood but it is worth trying. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic and take metformin, can I still donate blood?

I'm diabetic and take metformin, can I still donate blood?

Yes: Diabetics stable on medication (or non-bovine insulin) may donate blood according to the Red Cross website. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can donate blood if I have diabetes insipidus?

Hi, do you think I can donate blood if I have diabetes insipidus?

Diabetes insipidus: If your DI is under good control, you should be able to donate blood safely. However, I suspect the blood bank will reject you. They may be concerned about you and the volume loss of donation, and they may be concerned about the level of AVP hormone in your donated blood. ...Read more

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Can diabetic donate blood?, my hba1c is 6.1, sugar fasting 119 sugar pp 139 can I donate blood, ?Earlier I have donated blood 2 times

Can diabetic donate blood?, my hba1c is 6.1, sugar fasting 119 sugar pp 139 can I donate blood, ?Earlier I have donated blood 2 times

Yes: Sound 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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Type 1 diabetic in honeymoon phase. Is a one time 420 blood sugar going to hurt me?

Type 1 diabetic in honeymoon phase. Is a one time 420 blood sugar going to hurt me?

High glucose: Glucose 420 is too high. It will glycosylate proteins and lead to harm. Keep glucuse 100-160. ...Read more

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Is it ok to donate blood if you have type 1 herpes?

Is it ok to donate blood if you have type 1 herpes?

In general, yes: As long as no open / big flare, and no other disqualifying health conditions, generally accepted per fda guidelines. ...Read more

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Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal?Thnx

Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal?Thnx

Yes: Hsv infection is not a contraindication to blood donation; most of the population has hsv 1, so that would be very problematic. The vast majority of the time it is a skin disease, but in the elderly, already sick , or immunosuppressed, it can become invasive and cause things like meningitis or hepatitis, or diffuse disseminated disease - this can be lethal. ...Read more

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My blood work came back abnomal and I am a type 1 diabetic?

My blood work came back abnomal and I am a type 1 diabetic?

Start learning: If you are a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic, i hope you will get set up with a diabetic educator and dietician in addition to your endocrinologist, because there is so much to learn in order for you to stay healthy. In the long run, it is the patient who manages the type 1 diabetes, so learn as much as you can right away. ...Read more

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What are quick ways to lower your blood sugar for a type 1 diabetic?

Insulin : Type 1 diabetes is an absence of Insulin in th ebody. Without Insulin you cannot bring glucose into the cells and they die. Only Insulin lowers blood glucose in a type 1 diabetic. ...Read more

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Other half is a type 1 diabetic and has blood sugar of36.2 what should she do ?

Other half is a type 1 diabetic and has blood sugar of36.2 what should she do ?

Diabetes: Blood sugar of 36? Are you sure? She would probably be unconscious if her sugar was that low, meaning she should be in a hospital. Low blood sugar usually means the dose of her Insulin needs to be adjusted. That is dangerously low. ...Read more

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I am a type 1 diabetic. I exercise at least 5 nights a week and I wake up with bad blood sugars.?

I am a type 1 diabetic. I exercise at least 5 nights a week and I wake up with bad blood sugars.?

Pathophysiology: While exercise is helpful in everyone, it's not the main treatment for you. You are a type 1 diabetic, so you have diabetes because your body is not making enough insulin. The main treatment is to find the right Insulin regimen for you. If you wake up with bad sugars, it might be because your basal rate is too low, not because you are not exericising enough or eat the right food. ...Read more

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I'm a Type 1 Diabetic and I've been told that if my blood sugars are perfect I'll gain weight, is that statement t or f? I don't want to gain anymore.

I'm a Type 1 Diabetic and I've been told that if my blood sugars are perfect I'll gain weight, is that statement t or f? I don't want to gain anymore.

That's not true: Being a diabetic is difficult enough without people telling you things that aren't true. Keep complying and keep exercising. ...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 are some snacks and foods that you would recommend for a type 1 diabetic to eat and routinely consume to help maintain lower blood sugar?

What are some snacks and foods that you would recommend for a type 1 diabetic to eat and routinely consume to help maintain lower blood sugar?

Good snack choices: Proteins will satisfy hunger but not elevate the blood sugar in between meals. Some protein choices include nuts, cheese, plain yogurt (minus the fruit & sugar). Other options include high fiber carb choice like fresh fruit, whole grain foods, and starchy vegetables like carrots. These will raise the blood sugar, so watch portion sizes! ...Read more

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