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Transplant Recipient Information

Diabetes After Transplant

If you have diabetes before your transplant, work with your kidney transplant team to help keep your blood sugar in good control. This helps lower your risk of problems with your new kidney.

If you’ve never had diabetes, you may develop high blood sugar after your transplant. Some risk factors for high blood sugar after transplant include:

  • some transplant medicines
  • family history of diabetes
  • carrying extra weight
  • inactivity
  • age

To help you manage your blood sugar level:

  • manage your weight
  • follow the healthy food and eating guidelines in this resource
  • limit sugar and sweet foods
  • be active every day

Your blood sugar may be managed with food and pills, or you may need to take insulin by needle to control your sugar level. If you develop high blood sugar after your transplant, talk to your kidney transplant team about how to manage your blood sugar level.

Alberta Health Services offers classes to help you manage your diabetes. Contact Health Link at 811 (toll-free 1-866-408-5465) for information on classes in your area.

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