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Fri Jun 21 20:35:32 UTC 2013

Since my wife started diayisis, she's had several very low BGs. Is this normal? I think that I need a glucagon kit, what is the shelf life?
Asked By: philsyes  
Category: Other

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56 years old, type 2 for about 9 years, taking Glimepiride, Novalog and Levemir. Started dialysis in April due to renal failure. BG has always been erratic, but A1c finally down to 7.5
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2013-09-16 11:22:27.0

Dialysis can cause low hypoglycemia due to higher metabolic processes that occur when a patient is on dialysis. If this happens frequently, your dialysis team should be notified because they can often modify the solution in the dialysis machine to help compensate for this. Talk to your nephrologist for more clear direction. Glucagon is always a good idea to have. They do have a "short expiration" date as a rule, from several months to a year. You need to know how and when to use it!!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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