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Once on dialysis is it possible for a diabetic to stop dialysis and kidneys to heal?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Most likely NO
People can experience acute or chronic kidney failure and yes those with acute kidney failure with a treatable cause can heal their kidneys and may only require dialysis for a short period while this is occuring; however, the majority of kidney failure in people with diabetes is chronic and not reversible thus necessitating long-term dialysis or kidney transplantation to sustain life.

In brief: Most likely NO
People can experience acute or chronic kidney failure and yes those with acute kidney failure with a treatable cause can heal their kidneys and may only require dialysis for a short period while this is occuring; however, the majority of kidney failure in people with diabetes is chronic and not reversible thus necessitating long-term dialysis or kidney transplantation to sustain life.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Once a patient develops end stage renal disease, it doesn't matter if you are diabetic or not, you will not be able to stop dialysis and survive.
Once your kidneys have reached end stage, you either perform dialysis or hopfully receive a renal transplant.

In brief: No
Once a patient develops end stage renal disease, it doesn't matter if you are diabetic or not, you will not be able to stop dialysis and survive.
Once your kidneys have reached end stage, you either perform dialysis or hopfully receive a renal transplant.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
In brief: Possibly
It depends on the reason for the initiation of dialysis.
If dialysis was started for progressive kidney decline over time due to health problems, then it would be unlikely that the kidneys can recover and dialysis could be discontinued. However, if the dialysis was started due to acute (or quick onset) concerns such as from a medication reaction, then possibly yes dialysis may be stopped.

In brief: Possibly
It depends on the reason for the initiation of dialysis.
If dialysis was started for progressive kidney decline over time due to health problems, then it would be unlikely that the kidneys can recover and dialysis could be discontinued. However, if the dialysis was started due to acute (or quick onset) concerns such as from a medication reaction, then possibly yes dialysis may be stopped.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
With the exception of having a kidney transplant, people on dialysis tend to stay on dialysis - kidneys have no regenerative abilities.
So a kidney damaged by diabetes is damaged permanently.

In brief: No
With the exception of having a kidney transplant, people on dialysis tend to stay on dialysis - kidneys have no regenerative abilities.
So a kidney damaged by diabetes is damaged permanently.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine
In brief: Depends
If the kidney failure and subsequent dialysis is from years of uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure and the creatinine is 4.
Usually the kidney is gone forever. If the kidney failure is acutely caused by an overdose of a medication or side effect of a medication or some acute injury dialysis may be used initially until the kidney function returns to normal.

In brief: Depends
If the kidney failure and subsequent dialysis is from years of uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure and the creatinine is 4.
Usually the kidney is gone forever. If the kidney failure is acutely caused by an overdose of a medication or side effect of a medication or some acute injury dialysis may be used initially until the kidney function returns to normal.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Depends
There are therapies and agents that can assist the body in healing itself.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the best of them. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies can also be helpful. This condition should not be treated by oneself without the supervision of a physician.

In brief: Depends
There are therapies and agents that can assist the body in healing itself.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the best of them. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies can also be helpful. This condition should not be treated by oneself without the supervision of a physician.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: No
It's not typical for renal failure due to diabetes to be reversible.
However, there are acute causes for renal failure which when reversed lead to return of function to the kidneys. However, chronic worsening renal failure from diabetes typically is not reversible.

In brief: No
It's not typical for renal failure due to diabetes to be reversible.
However, there are acute causes for renal failure which when reversed lead to return of function to the kidneys. However, chronic worsening renal failure from diabetes typically is not reversible.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
In brief: You never know
Usually not - but never say never - suppose if the initial insult that led to dialysis was a reversible one -.

In brief: You never know
Usually not - but never say never - suppose if the initial insult that led to dialysis was a reversible one -.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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