According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the cause of Chronic Kidney Failure for 43.8% of patients was Diabetes. As you probably already know, although kidney damage can sometimes be prevented or delayed, many people with Diabetes also struggle with Chronic Kidney Disease and may need Dialysis if their kidneys fail.
However, what most Chronic Kidney Disease patients are virtually unaware of is that Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia), poses a serious and deadly threat to their health. Studies such as the one found in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology indicate that, "Hypoglycemia may account for some portion of the excess heart-related deaths seen in Chronic Kidney Disease patients." Hence, in the cases of (1) Diabetics, (2) Chronic Kidney Disease patients at risk of Diabetes, and (3) Chronic Kidney Disease patients who are Non-Diabetic; maintaining the appropriate Blood Sugar levels is critical for their long-term health and high standard of life.
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This will likely be enlightening to many Non-Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease patients who were completely unaware of how their Blood Sugar level could affect their health. Regardless of your Diabetes status, allow me to share a few tips and surprises which can help you manage your Blood Sugar and improve your health outcomes.
Hypoglycemia may be caused by missed meals, certain medications such as heart meds, alcohol consumption, severe infections, and of course insulin imbalances. Diabetics already know how to test their Blood Sugar levels. Non-Diabetic Kidney Disease patients are, however, probably less familiar. Low Blood Sugar symptoms that you should look out for include: Shakiness, Nervousness or anxiety, Sweating, chills and clamminess, Irritability or impatience, Confusion, Dizziness, Hunger, Nausea, Sleepiness, Blurred/impaired vision, Tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue, Headaches, Weakness, Fatigue, and in severe cases -- seizures or unconsciousness.
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Your Blood Sugar will fluctuate depending on different events throughout your day. The best times to check your Blood Sugar and/or symptoms of Low Blood Sugar are when you: Feel ill, Experience an unusual amount of stress, Change your daily routine (add or delete exercise), take medications, become depressed, and undergo surgery.
If you are experiencing Low Blood Sugar then you should consume 15-20 grams of sugar or simple carbohydrates and see how you feel after 15 minutes. Yes, talk to your Primary Physician for health insights that relate to YOUR personal circumstances. Also, to get more Breaking News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can better manage their lives, visit KidneyBuzz.com every day.
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