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Diabetes is the number one cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Once your CKD diagnosis has reached stage 5, also known as end stage renal disease (ESRD), you’ll need dialysis. As you may know, it’s imperative that you take charge of your Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to maintain good health on dialysis.
Some of the tips that you’ve likely heard from your diabetes educator include monitoring and recording blood sugar levels throughout the day with a self-testing glucose monitor, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising on most days. These tips are tried and true.
Going off those sound recommendations, here are some more in-depth tips from DaVita dietitians that can help you control your diabetes when you’re on dialysis:
Disclaimer:Before starting any exercise program, discuss with your doctor about which exercises are best for you.
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be controlled when you’re on dialysis. It takes an understanding of eating a well-balanced diet, taking insulin (if prescribed) and prescribed medications, and being physically active. Taking charge of your diabetes with a thoughtful plan can improve your quality of life and reduce the possibilities of complications.
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