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Giving Blood as a Type 1

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Old 01-15-2017, 06:10   #1
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My wife and I just went to give blood for the first time, and we found out that type 1's aren't allowed to give blood.

When I asked the nurse, she really couldn't give me a good reason except that we are more prone to fainting. There is nothing wrong with our blood, just that we may faint during the process.

Is this true? Are we more prone to fainting? I've never fainted in my life.

Would love to hear people's thoughts on this! Thanks!

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Old 01-15-2017, 07:39   #2
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Interesting. I had not heard that, but then I'm a T2 and fairly T1 ignorant

One site said about T1 "Other less common symptoms included fainting, headaches, nose bleeds and mouth ulcers." The more salient question seems to me, would the act of giving blood make one more prone to fainting? I mean, if one has never fainted and walks in upright ... I suppose liability being what it is, they just establish rules that on their face can appear overwrought.

But that's my uneducated opinion ...

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I take long acting insulin and metformin, if I gave blood whom ever got my blood would get a shot of insulin and metformin plus blood pressure medication....

I do not believe they want my blood as it may drop someone's blood pressure, and send them into diabetic shock from a low blood sugar! I am a type 2...

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It's probably just the rules in Canada. In the US, a Type 1 can donate blood if their blood sugar is stable. Even with LADA, I can donate, but they asked that I wait a MONTH after I have completely recovered from my illness because of unstable BG.

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My mother is also dealing with this same situation.

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