Help Save a Life: Donate Blood

Did you know that you can donate blood at the MGH Blood Donor Center if you have Diabetes?

As long as your Diabetes Mellitus is under control with diet, oral medication, or insulin and you meet the other donation requirements you should be eligible to donate. There is a deferal for individuals who received bovine insulin from the UK since 1980

The need for blood affects us all, and the demand for vital blood donations remains constant. Each and every day, blood donations are needed to sustain Mass General patients. Treatment of cancer, organ transplantation, and surgery all depend on the availability of a safe and adequate blood supply. The MGH Blood Donor Center collection efforts support patients at MGH, Shriners Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and theMassachusetts General Hospital for Children. The largest transfuser of blood in the region, MGH transfuses approximately 70,000 blood components each year to patients at Mass General and its affiliates. 

For more information on eligibility requirements, visit the Blood Donor Center’s website or   e-mail Melissa at  To schedule an appointment to donate, call    617-726-8177.