Amanda Turkiewicz

Why diabetes is common after lung transplantation

The chance of developing diabetes after transplant is high for two reasons: people with CF have a higher chance of developing diabetes and the steroids perscribed after transplant can cause high blood sugars.

If you already have diabetes, continue to monitor your blood sugars and adjust your insulin doses with the help of your medical team. Be sure to check your blood sugar level approximately 6-8 hours after you take your prednisone dose.

If you did not have diabetes before transplant, your blood sugar level will be checked as part of your transplant bloodwork. It is important for you to self-monitor your blood sugar levels approximately two hours after your meals. Also, watch for the following symptoms and let your transplant team know if you experience them:
• Unexplained weight loss
• Feeling more tired
• Feeling very thirsty
• Change in appetite
• Urinating more often
• Blurry vision
• Skin infections
• Wounds or sores that do not heal easily

If you want more information on this topic speak with our dietitians or CF nurse practitioner.