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Jul 19, 2014 · Too old for a kidney transplant? Am also diabetic in Transplants

Hi Margaret: I thank-you for your help. Are you a nurse or a DR at the Mayo Clinic? I had Dr Leibovich do a complete Radical Nephrectomy on my left side 13 years ago. I see he is still practicing at Mayo. I will look up all the info that I can, yours included. I am still in shock and its still hard to take. I feel for the 1st time in my life that I am not in control of anything and I feel like a kid in 1st grade waiting to be told what to do next. I see right now that I will need a support group to get me thru this. I am hoping that I can get a transplant without doing the dialysis thing 1st as it can create some problems from what I have read. Thanks again for taking an interest guiding me to the right material. Rick

Jul 19, 2014 · Too old for a kidney transplant? Am also diabetic in Transplants

Hi Rosemary: I really appreciate your response. As far as anything that disqualifies me??I am really not sure what to say. Other than being a diabetic. My last A1c was 6.2 and the one before that was 5.2 (almost normal) I try very hard to keep it under control. I am still losing weight with the hope of getting off the meds and supplements altogether. I have been laid up for the last 3weeks due to a knee injury, managed to still lose 5lbs but no exercising has had a detrimental effect on my glucose level, its been way up. Maybe you can give me a few suggestions as to things that might disqualify me, as I am new to this. I appreciate your help. Thank-you. Rick

Jul 18, 2014 · Alternative Explanations for Low GFR, Elevated Creatinine in Kidney & Bladder

I am not a Dr. but just a thought. Intense workouts will raise your creatinine level significantly. My suggestion is not to work out for a week and flush with water and go easy on the meat and protein supplements (if you use them) and eat way more fruits and vegetables, then go for a new GFR test. If this brings you a better number on your GFR you will then know that your work outs may be too intense as creatinine is a waste product of your muscles, the more you work out the more creatinine you will have and the kidneys have a hard time getting rid of the creatinine This is just a thought, if you have all ready done this please disregard. If you haven’t done this before and it works, please post as you have peaked my curiosity.

Jul 18, 2014 · Too old for a kidney transplant? Am also diabetic

Hello All: My name is Rick Richards I have come to a crossing point in my life, one I knew that was going to come but not this quick. I have a question if it in the wrong forum please direct to the correct one.
I need a Kidney transplant (Kidney forum??) But my Dr said that it will not happen because I am too old and a Type 2 Diabetic. Is that true? I am 55 years old, only slightly over weight 206lbs and I am 6ft tall and very active, meaning I assist in the care of my four grandsons, and I have the biggest paycheck. The thought of going on Dialysis, scares the crap out of me an I love my job I am at, The thought of going on disability is abhorring, I would rather go end it all. Someone please tell me that my Dr is wrong. I already have 3 family members lined up to see if they are compatible matches. These are my immediate questions at the moment, I have a ton more in my mind, I look forward to your response.
Thanks
Rick