Diabetes Complications

Diabetes and Peritoneal Dialysis

By Mark H. Shapiro, MD, DaVita Kidney Care

Diabetes is a common condition and is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States. If you have diabetes and need dialysis, there are several treatment options available. One option you might consider is peritoneal dialysis (PD). Talk to your doctor about treatment options and to determine if PD may be right for you.  

PD and Diabetes

People with diabetes often do very well on PD, which is the most common method of home dialysis. PD may allow a person to more easily travel, continue working, raise a family, or go to school. The potential benefits associated with dialyzing at home rather than in a center can be important to people who value their time and need dialysis to work around their schedule.

Blood Glucose and Diabetes Medications

Since PD uses sugar-based solutions (glucose) to perform dialysis, people with diabetes starting PD often see a rise in their blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. If you need dialysis, your doctor may adjust your medications. 

PD may be an option for you if you have diabetes. Proper monitoring and management of your diabetes will help prevent or delay further complications.

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