Q. If I have type 2 diabetes can I be an organ donor? What things would exclude me from being an organ donor?
A. Diabetes affects organs in different ways. It would be extremely unusual to be able to donate your pancreas since diabetes affects the ability of the pancreas to produce or secrete enough insulin. However, diabetes rarely affects your lungs or your liver, so you could almost certainly donate these organs. Diabetes frequently affects heart and kidney function over time. Your ability to donate these organs would be determined on a case-by-case basis. It would depend on organ function, degree of compliance with insulin therapy, age and biopsy results (especially with kidneys).
Daniel F. Fisher, M.D., F.A.C.S.
University Surgical Associates
979 E. Third St., Suite C-300
Chattanooga, Tn. 37403