Having diabetes does not automatically exclude you from donating blood. The American Red Cross states that people with diabetes may donate blood if they meet the following guidelines:
- They have not had an initial dosage of insulin or change of insulin dose in at least two weeks.
- They have not received an injection of bovine (beef) insulin made from cattle from the United Kingdom since 1980.
- Oral medications for type 2 diabetes DONT disqualify you from blood donation eligibility.
- It is suggested that people with diabetes wait 8 WEEKS (or 56 DAYS ) between whole blood donations.
- Donors with well-established (not recently diagnosed) diabetes, who are controlled by diet, oral medications and/or insulin therapy, are eligible to donate
- Controlling medications must have been used in the 24 hours before donation