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How To Manage Hypoglycemia In Kidney Failure

2013-03-14 11:31

hypoglycemiaWe know that diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar level. Diabetes will cause kidney damages and in the end lead to kidney failure. When the patients are put on dialysis, some of them will experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Though it is good to lower high blood glucose for diabetic kidney disease, lower than normal blood sugar is not good for the patients. Hypoglycemia can cause a series of symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, lack of energy, hand tremors, numbness or even coma, etc.

Healthy kidneys have the function of producing glucose from gluconeogenesis which is one amino acid. In case of kidney failure, gluconeogenesis is damaged and the generation of new glucose is reduced. When kidney functions are damaged, the kidneys can not remove insulin out of the body efficiently, the insulin will stay in the body and that is another reason of low blood sugar levels when kidney failure develops.

Besides, kidney failure patients have strict diet restrictions and diabetic kidney disease patients are often told to limit or even totally avoid high-sugar foods. Along with poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, patients often have inadequate intake of sugar from foods.

Knowing what have caused hypoglycemia in kidney failure, we know better how to manage it.


It is really a challenge for diabetic kidney failure patients to choose the proper foods. Hypoglycemia demands that patients have more sugar intake, however too much intake can cause high blood glucose which will worsen renal damages. Therefore it is recommended a dietitian is consulted and the proper eating should be based on your test result and it needs to have constant adjustments according to changes in the examinations.

Treat kidney failure and improve kidney functions

Of cause, the most effective treatment to manage hypoglycemia is to treat kidney failure and recovery kidney functions. Patients can first take some medicines and proper diets to normalize blood sugar and when it is relatively stable, patients can receive Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy which can help repair damaged renal tissues and improve kidney functions. What is more, it can provide some necessary nutritions to the body, help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, improve gastrointestinal disorders, improve appetite and renal anemia.

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