I've been doing a lot of research into becoming a living donor and have decided it's something I really want to do.
The problem is I have type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent). From what I have read and after a quick discussion with my local organ donation department that automatically rules me out.
I was told I cannot donate a kidney as the diabetes increases my own chance of renal failure at some point in my life.
Apart from the diabetes I'm perfectly healthy. The diabetes is well controlled, my kidneys are regularly checked as part of the diabetes monitoring. The research I have done suggests that donating a kidney does not increase the risk of kidney failure in the donor.
I feel like I have a spare kidney that thousands of people are literally dying to have. I know and accept the risks and feel like it should be my choice and not a pre made decision.
So my questions are...
Am I being niave, is there alot more risk to my health than I understand?
Is it black and white, there no way or can I still pursue volunteering to donate?