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There’s no substitute for blood. It enables us to do life-saving surgeries and provide medical treatments for patients.

Giving blood is a seasonal need. But we all know how important blood donation is to the health of those people who receive it, not to mention the many health benefits it provides for the donors.

The biggest health benefit to frequent donors is a reduced risk of heart disease. Just removing the iron reduces some of the free radical damage that might happen to the blood vessels in the body. By donating blood, donors can also monitor their health and be on the lookout for any changes.

Who can donate?

  • Any healthy person within the age group of 18-60 years of age can donate blood.
  • An individual with a body weight of 45 kg’s above.
  • Person with having a minimum Hemoglobin content of 12.5 gm% is eligible to donate.
  • Blood donor body temperature not more than 37 degrees Celsius.
  • A normal blood pressure systolic 120-129 mmHg, diastolic 80-89 mmHg.
  • Pulse rate 60-100 beats per minute is generally regarded as an indicator of good health.
  • Those whose weigh more than 60 kg can donate 450 ml of blood for blood components.
  • 3 months completion of last blood donation.

But what about a person with diabetes?

Can you give blood if you have diabetes? Actually, it depends on what country you are living in. There are some rules regarding this subject that are being implemented in each country. But for most blood donation organizations in the United States like Red Cross, you can donate as long as your blood sugar level is normal or well controlled, you are not using bovine (beef) insulin and you have no complications from your diabetes.