Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar, or glucose. Type 2 diabetes makes up about 95% of the diabetes population and is characterized by insulin resistance. Insulin is the key signaling hormone for glucose metabolism and its effect can be diminished by genetic factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
“Severe” diabetes is determined by a patient’s hemoglobin A1c level, a three-month marker of blood glucose levels. Participating studies will indicate appropriate A1c levels needed for qualification although all patients should adhere to ADA guidelines of less than 7.0% A1c for optimal health and reduced risk of future complications.
Donor requirements for participation:
- You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Confirmation of the diagnosis and/or treatment must be verified with your physician.
- You must be lean with a BMI between 19 and 25 (Calculate your BMI)
- Donor must have a fasting glucose greater than 120 mg/dL within three months of collection.
- Be pre-screened to determine eligibility.
- You’re willing to donate blood.
- You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
- You must be between 18 and 70 years old.
- You must weight at least 110 lbs.
- You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Syphilis, Hepatitis C and/or HIV.
This donation program is only available at our donor centers. See a list of our locations here.
For questions and concerns about requirements or participation, contact us at (833) GO-4-CURE.
This information is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource derived from Mayo Clinic.