Donating blood is one of the most selfless acts a person can do, but when you have a life-threatening illness such as adrenal insufficiency, there are questions as to whether you are allowed to donate blood or not.
Can adrenal disease patients donate blood?
The answer is complicated.
Some countries/territories allow blood donation from adrenal patients and others do not. It is ultimately dependent on the regional medical director’s decision of a particular organization.
According to the Pituitary Foundation, Addison’s disease is listed as a permanent deferral which means those with this diagnosis are permanently banned from donating blood.
The Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee states that anyone diagnosed with any form of adrenal failure “Must not donate.”
When we searched the American Red Cross
website for adrenal disease information, we found no search results that pertained to whether adrenal patients could donate or not.
You can review the full eligibility requirements here.
To answer, the original question, Can you give blood with adrenal disease?
It depends on where you live and what organization is accepting blood donations.
If you are eligible to donate in your area, remember it is also a personal choice. You should discuss it with your doctor to determine your risks and benefits of blood donation.