Those were my thoughts exactly, as I went down the list to things they take like heart(nope), eyes(nope)...but maybe some part of the eye, kidneys, liver(probably not), pancreas(nope), skin(nope)...well maybe to cover a burn victim, not sure what else they harvest for donations.... BUT, your idea about donating body to science is a good one.
Even diabetics have a lot to offer being organ donors. Skin, tendons, blood vessles, bones, and parts of the eye can still be donated. I am an organ donor, have been since I was 16. A work friend of mine has had 2 cadaver bones and a tendon placed in her ankle, and my mother reciently had a cadaver bone placed in her spine.
Donating your body to science or organ/tissue donation are both very noble and selfless. Each one of us are a little different and depending upon our age and what caused our demise we may indeed have something to offer in the way of tissue/organ donation. After reading your post this morning, I did a little research and just because someone has a chronic condition does not necessarily preclude them from organ/tissue donation.
There are a few things which would stop all organ donaiton which would include being over 70, HIV, tuberculosis, some types of hepatitis and some fungal infections. This list is not inclusive but an example.
I am T2 and at this point have good liver and kidney function along with no known heart problems. I am in pretty good shape overall because I have changed my lifestyle and adopted a healthier one. Would I be the ideal donor? Maybe not but if my kidneys or other organs qualify to be donated, yea! because I do not believe they would "cause" diabetes in an organ recipient.
Diane, you are absolutely correct but the criteria are even more liberal than you stated.
I have HepC. That is the cause of my end stage liver disease. I will receive a HepC positive cadaver liver. It makes no sense to waste a HepC negative on me since the virus would immediately infect it in my body.
I have already signed paperwork stating I agree to accept a HepC positive virus liver.
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