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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Kidney Failure and Hypoglycemia

2014-10-19 01:37

Kidney Failure and HypoglycemiaKidney Failure is the end stage of renal disease, which requires dialysis or kidney transplant. Hypoglycemia means the blood sugar level is lower than the normal range. How does Kidney Failure cause hypoglycemia.

Effects of Kidney Failure on blood sugar levels

Kidney Failure not only attack the kidneys but also some other organs and systems.

► Some causes of hypoglycemia in Kidney Failure:

1. A poor appetite: Due to kidney function loss, wastes and toxins build up in the body, which damage the gastrointestinal tract, leading to poor appetite, nausea, or vomiting. These conditions can lead to skipping meals or not eating enough. This often causes a drop in blood sugar.

2. High insulin level in the blood

Insulin is the only hormone that can regulate blood sugar levels. When the pancreas is damaged due to Kidney Failure, its secretion function can be disordered, thus causing high insulin level in the blood. That’s the direct cause of hypoglycemia.

► Several possible symptoms of hypoglycemia include:

1. Headache

2. Tiredness

3. Weakness

4. Sweating

5. Feeling shaky

6. Feeling hungry

7. Feeling anxious or nervous

8. Feeling cranky

9. Confusion

10. Blurry or double vision

11. Rapid or pounding heartbeat

Some people with low blood sugar may not always experience these symptoms. If the sugar level falls too low, a person can sometimes faint, have a seizure or go into a coma.

► Ways to prevent hypoglycemia:

1. Consult your doctor or dietitian to design a healthy diet, and you should follow it.

2. Check your blood sugar regularly

3. Make some changes of medicines if necessary, because some of them are nephrotoxic, and they will cause further damage so that aggravate hypoglycemia

4. Avoid alcohol and smoking

5. Exercise moderately

6. Improve kidney function with appropriate treatment

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