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How to Manage Diabetes Caused By Tacrolimus After Renal Transplant

How to Manage Diabetes Caused By Tacrolimus After Renal TransplantTo prevent the immune system from damaging transplanted kidney, patients often need to take various immunosuppressants. Tacrolimus, one of these medications, can protect the new kidney, but it may cause some side effects easily. Diabetes is just one of these side effects. How can you manage diabetes caused by tacrolimus after kidney transplantation?

Tacrolimus is taken to prevent organ rejection for patients after transplant of liver, kidney or heart. As one immunosuppressant, it can inhibit the action of some blood cells which cause the body to reject the transplanted organ.

According to one research in 2002, about 90% of liver transplant patients take tacrolimus, more than 60% kidney transplant patients use this medication, and above 90% of patients after simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation take this medicine. Now, more than 150,000 transplant patients use this medicine all over the world.

In fact, it is only about 10 years that tacrolimus is applied in clinic. The main side effects of this medication is renal toxicity, nerve toxicity and effects on circulatory system, digestive system, breathing system and cardiovascular system. Besides, the incidence rate of diabetes caused by tacrolimus is about 10%~30%. In severe cases, patients may even experience ketoacidosis (DKA).

If you are suffering from diabetes caused by this medication, you may find your diabetes isn't alleviated after stopping or reducing the dosage of tacrolimus.

How to manage kidney transplant patients' diabetes? Diabetes is one dangerous factor to cause the relapse of kidney failure, because it is one leading cause of kidney disease at present. To treat diabetes, patients can take correct medications, develop a right diet plan and follow a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes is one disease that needs long time to fight against.

Of course, the treatment plan and dietary suggestions should depend on patients' illness condition. To get more detailed advices, welcome to leave a message below or email to

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