In recent years, plasma donations have become a growing trend among the elderly and disabled, and in the United States, in general, the percentage of people who are donating plasma has risen.
Plasma donation requirements are a significant reason why.
Plasma donors are required to have a specific health condition and have been shown to have lower rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases.
Plasma can be expensive to transport and, according to the International Society of Plasma Donation, can take up to seven weeks to reach a hospital or clinic.
According to the American Medical Association, about 90% of people donating plasma are under the age of 65.
A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that among people with diabetes, plasma donation rates were significantly higher than those of people without diabetes.
And while there’s a good chance that you won’t be required to donate plasma if you are healthy, you might want to consider donating it if you have a serious medical condition.
“We need to start making plasma donations for the benefit of people with serious medical conditions,” said Katherine E. Williams, a professor of infectious diseases at Boston University and a researcher in the Department of Molecular Genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“If you’re a diabetic and you need to donate blood for a blood transfusion, or if you’re someone with a serious condition that needs blood transfusions, you really want to make sure that you’re making an informed decision.”
Plasma donation rules vary from state to state, and can also vary from hospital to hospital.
For instance, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that donors be between 50 and 69 years old and a single person with a medical condition or disability.
The same guidelines apply for people with pre-existing conditions.
But the FDA doesn’t recommend people with health conditions donate plasma because of concerns about contamination and safety.
In order to donate, a person must: Be over the age in their state