Feeling Bloated May Be A Bad Sign For Those With Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetes

A viewer asked, "Feelin' very bloated lately. I haven't eaten much at all. Also overly tired. I have barely slept all week. Should I be worried?" You may think that the answer to this question is simply, "Don't overate!" But not so fast.

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Yes, a major cause of feeling bloated is overeating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and weight gain. However, as a Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetic patient you have to be FAR more insightful because bloating could be a tell-tale sign of a serious complication. 

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For instance, did you know that the Diabetes medication Acarbose, as well as any medicines or foods containing Lactulose (synthetic sugar used to treat constipation) or Sorbitol (used as a sweetener in sugar-free gums and candies), may cause bloating? Also, Diabetes can affect many parts of your Gastrointestinal Tract (digestive system) in many different ways. This includes bloating, pain on swallowing, sore throat, heartburn, fullness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. In addition to these symptoms, digestive problems can cause your blood glucose levels to fluctuate even when your diet, exercise, and therapeutic regimens are followed consistently.

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In terms of Dialysis Patients, bloating may also be very serious and cause hospitalization or even death. Bloating is a common feeling for those conducting Peritoneal Dialysis because their Dialysis liquid "solution" sits in the abdomen and collects fluid and waste material. However, it can cause a false feeling of fullness which sometimes leads patients to eat less than they should. If this is a continued issue for you, talk to your Healthcare Team so that they can correct the problem immediately. 

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Hemodialysis patients who feel full or bloated may not be taking enough fluid off during their Dialysis treatments. Usually this results in bloating or tightness in the chest. Sure signs include: Difficulty in breathing, frequent vomiting, drowsiness, and discomfort. 

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Here is the good news: You can prevent complications before they become serious! If you answer "Yes" to any of the following questions, you should discuss possible complications with your Healthcare Team.

1. Do you have persistent problems with constipation or diarrhea?
2. Have you lost weight unexpectedly?
3. Do you feel full when you have not eaten very much or soon after you start eating a meal?
4. Do you frequently feel bloated after eating?
5. Do you frequently have heartburn pains?
6. Is it painful to swallow food at any time?
7. Do you have unusual pain in your throat and/or stomach area?
8. Are your blood glucose values unexpectedly high or low after meals and between widely spaced meals?

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"On Dialysis. Stomach Is Hard and Bloated. Could This Be a Serious Condition?" Www.healthcaremagic.com. Healthcare Magic

Moore, Shelley. "Side Effects of Dialysis." EHow. Demand Media

"Diabetes Can Affect Your Stomach." Http://journal.diabetes.org/. American Diabetes Association.

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