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Hi J.P. -
I know for sure that insulin dependent diabetics (Type 1) cannot donate blood. I am one and have been one for 28 years (since age 12) and was never accepted for donations. I finally got someone to explain to me why a few years ago as I waited for my DH to finish giving his pint.

Insulin dependent diabetics dose their insulin for a certain activity level and calorie consumption. When a pint of blood is removed, no one is certain how much insulin is removed at the same time. The resulting imbalance would be difficult to handle. If you think about it, that makes a lot of sense.

That having been said, I have no idea about Type 2 diabetics. My guess is that they, too, would be dissallowed for a similar reason relating to Type 2 medications. But that is only a guess!

Hope this help shed some light...

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