If your Blood Sugar (the concentration of glucose in the blood) levels fall too low, you can become faint, have a seizure and go into a coma. The most common cause of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is Diabetes which is also the disease most commonly associated with dangers of Low Blood Sugar. But this is wrong.
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Although patients with Diabetes are at an elevated risk of Low Blood Sugar, you may be surprised to learn that CKD patients who also have Diabetes are at the "greatest risk of low blood pressure," according to the Large Dialysis Provider, Davita. What is yet another gem that can be used to preserve your health, is that whether or not you have Diabetes; if you have CKD you too are at risk of low blood sugar because of changes in your appetite and meal routine as well as rapid increased physical activity.
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Here are the issues: First many people on Dialysis without Diabetes completely ignore their Blood Sugar levels which puts them at an increased risk of dire side effects. Also, those who are on Dialysis with diagnosed Diabetes focus more on their Dialysis success and not as much on their Diabetes. This often contributes to serious complications.
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Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar include tiredness, headache, weakness, sweating, feeling hungry, feeling shaky, feeling anxious or nervous, crankiness, confusion, blurry vision, and rapid or pounding heartbeat. You may not experience all of these side effects, but if you are experiencing any of them on a consistent basis then you should consult with your Healthcare Team pronto!
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Just because your Blood Sugar is low does not mean you have Diabetes, but it may. You should talk to your Nephrologists about symptoms and s/he can offer a diagnoses. To help maintain a healthy Blood Sugar level in general write these tips down and confirm them with your Dietitian. Follow your Nephrologists' advice about diet, medication and exercise. Remember to eat meals at regular times, and keep a 15 gram Carbohydrate-type snack handy at all times. Follow your dialysis diet and eat your handy snack when exercising or being more active than usual.
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