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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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New guidelines for blood donors

Diabetes UK welcomes a change in blood service guidelines allowing some people with Type 2 diabetes to now donate blood if they wish to.

The government’s advisory has concluded that blood donation is safe for people with diabetes who manage their condition by taking tablets and have no complications or other underlying medical conditions.

NHSBT check

The donors will be required to fill in a health check questionnaire and talk to a trained member of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) before giving blood.

Help save lives

“We welcome these new guidelines and are pleased that some people with diabetes are now eligible to donate blood if they wish to. There are 2.3 million people with diabetes in the UK and these new regulations mean that a significant proportion of people with the condition can now help save lives by donating blood,” said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

The new rules will also allow some people with high blood pressure to donate blood.

If you are uncertain whether you are eligible to donate, call the NHSBT helpline on 08457 711 711 or visit their website

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