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Can peritoneal dialysis solution affect my blood sugar?

Because peritoneal dialysis solution is a mixture of natural sugars, salt and minerals in water, it could affect your blood sugar (glucose) level. People with diabetes may need particularly close monitoring of their blood sugar if they use peritoneal dialysis solution. Their insulin may need to be adjusted.

At least one brand of peritoneal dialysis solution, Extraneal (icodextrin), contains maltose, which may cause a false high blood sugar reading, or a normal reading when blood sugar is very low. Talk to your doctor about how to monitor blood sugar while using peritoneal dialysis solution.

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