Can diabetics donate blood?


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A person who has diabetes can donate blood, according to the American Red Cross, as long as that person's diabetes is well-controlled on insulin or oral medication. However, a person with diabetes who has ever received bovine insulin made since the 1980's in the United Kingdom is not eligible.

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These insulin users are not eligible because of risks associated with the transmission of Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease, or mad cow disease, according to the American Red Cross. A person must also be over the age of 17, depending on state laws, and weigh at least 110 pounds. A person wanting to donate blood must also feel well and be able to perform normal, everyday activities.

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