"Just a question for you all!," a reader writes, "I do not have diabetes but am suffering high blood sugar. How common is high blood sugar in a non diabetic kidney patient? And what can be done to prevent it?"
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This question is being highlighted because Blood Sugar is a serious issue in the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetic Community. Diabetes is a common condition, and in the United States is now the most frequent cause of Kidney Failure requiring Dialysis. In this case monitoring your Blood Sugar is obvious because it's a common challenge for individuals with Diabetes.
However even if you do not have Diabetes, did you know that you could be suffering with Blood Sugar that is out of balance? Physical stress, emotional stress (both positive and negative), infections, Beta Blockers (heart disease medication), and antidepressants can all cause spikes in your Blood Sugar. High Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) may cause less serious complications such as nausea, vomiting, and blurry vision; or much more serious challenges which may affect your quality of life like abdominal pain, weakness, confusion, and even unconsciousness.
Similarly, Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) may cause hunger, fatigue, sweating, headaches, shakiness, dizziness, weakness, confusion, difficulty coordinating movement, anxiety, problems with vision, upset stomach and trouble speaking, according to Medline Plus. In those without diabetes, low blood sugar levels are usually caused by skipping meals or taking certain medications. However, heavy alcohol consumption can also cause blood sugar levels to drop.
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In general, you can better manage your Blood Sugar by eating as regularly as your diet plan calls for, avoiding high sugar foods and hidden sugar in foods, and monitor caffeine intake (worsens Hypoglycemia). If symptoms persist be sure to consult with your Healthcare Team as blood pressure fluctuations may also be a symptom of a more serious underlying complication.
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