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Share life and love on Valentine’s Day. Donate blood.

Some of our most memorable personal moments may happen when we create memories for others. Donating blood is one way that we can give back to our community and know that we are making a difference. And the need for blood is constant, whether for people with ongoing medical conditions or those who have experienced extreme trauma.

Fortunately, there is no upper age limit for blood donation. As long as you are healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not had cold or flu symptoms within 48 hours of donating, you can consider giving blood. However, certain medical conditions restrict anyone’s ability to donate blood, and some are more likely to affect older Americans. These conditions include:

  • High blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you can donate as long as your blood pressure is controlled by medication. If you have low blood pressure, you can donate.
  • Low iron level or anemia. The level of iron in your blood is measured before donation to assess whether your iron levels are high enough to donate. If you have anemia, or if your iron level is too low, you will not be able to donate blood.
  • Diabetes. If you have diabetes but it is well controlled by diet, oral medication, or insulin, you can donate. However, do note that if you have ever used insulin made from beef, you are permanently deferred from blood donation.

This Valentine’s Day, consider making a truly selfless gift and donating blood. For more information about donating blood, please visit:
American Red Cross

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