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Can you still donate a kidney if you have a family history of diabetes?

Can you still donate a kidney if you have a family history of diabetes?

Yes, but: The big picture matters more. How strong is the family history, how healthy otherwise is the donor, & how good is the match are issues that matter whole lot. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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I was told I could donate a kidney to my aunt and then found out I have type 2 diabetes, can I still donate it?

I was told I could donate a kidney to my aunt and then found out I have type 2 diabetes, can I still donate it?

No: Kidney donation from patients with diabetes is not considered as the quality of organ is suboptimal because of diabetes induced damage and more importantly patients with diabetes have high incidence of end stage renal disease and dialysis and may need transplant in the future. ...Read more

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18 yrs, girl no diabetes, or high bp, no family history of ckd. symptoms of kidney disease like nausea, too much peeing. is it likely that I have ckd?

18 yrs, girl no diabetes, or high bp, no family history of ckd.  symptoms of kidney disease like nausea, too much peeing. is it likely that I have ckd?

CKD not likely: Hi. No, CKD very unlikely, but so easy to test for. Up at night peeing? Nausea? I'd bet more on a high blood sugar! See your doctor sooner than later. Most type 1 diabetes DOESN'T have a family history (although there are striking exceptions to that generalization). Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a horseshoe kidney so can I still donate a kidney?

I have a horseshoe kidney so can I still donate a kidney?

Not a likely choice: The horseshoe configuration is usually derived from a separation failure of embryonic kidney tissue in early life. Instead of forming two distinct kidneys, one is formed. An ultrasound could confirm this. ...Read more

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Can people that donate a kidney still have babies?

Can people that donate a kidney still have babies?

Yes: Fertility should not be affected by living donor nephrectomy. If the donor is deemed otherwise healthy enough to donate a kidney, there should be no increased risk of pregnancy-related complications to either the female donor or her fetus. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can I donate a kidney if I have heart disease?

Can I donate a kidney if I have heart disease?

Maybe: The decision as to whether it is safe to donate will be made by the donor team at the transplant center. Their first concern is your safety so they will prevent you from donating if your degree of heart disease is felt to confer an unacceptably high risk to you. ...Read more

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Can I donate a kidney if I had syphilis?

Can I donate a kidney if I had syphilis?

Sure!: Once syphilis has been treated and cured, there is no risk of transmission by any means: not sexually, by blood, or by organ donation. No worries! ...Read more

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Is it safe to donate a kidney if you are only 16.?

Is it safe to donate a kidney if you are only 16.?

No: The operation itself is not the dangerous part. There is a very small chance of death from the operation but the more important issues is the long term implications. 16 year olds have. Along life ahead of them and they may develop kidney problems in the future. Also they cannot legally give consent so someone else is consenting for giving away their kidney. Ethically it is a wrong thing to do. ...Read more

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Can you donate a kidney if bleeding disorder?

Can you donate a kidney if bleeding disorder?

Possibly.: This may be done on a case-by-case basis depending on what the underlying bleeding disorder is and how easily this is corrected. Consult the transplant surgeon for further details. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more