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Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure in the United States. This metabolic disorder changes the way the body produces or uses insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate sugar (glucose) in the blood.
When blood sugar levels get too high, the condition is called hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia is a problem for people with diabetes, and it poses a significant health risk when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD). If your diabetes is not controlled, it can lead to increased loss of kidney function, cardiovascular disease, vision loss and other complications. That’s why it is vital for people with kidney disease and diabetes to learn the symptoms of high blood sugar and develop ways to prevent it.
If you have diabetes you are likely to have had experience with hyperglycemia. Being aware of any indicators that your blood sugar levels may be too high is an important step in controlling your blood sugar. Symptoms of hyperglycemia include the following:
There are many causes of high blood sugar, including:
Although people with diabetes are at risk for hyperglycemia, the good news is there are steps you can take to help prevent it:
Many people with kidney disease also have diabetes. People with diabetes often experience hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. By being aware of the symptoms and causes of hyperglycemia, you can take steps to prevent it. Talk to your healthcare team and renal dietitian to learn all you can do to avoid hyperglycemia and protect your health.
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