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Diabetes can also be a side effect of some of your new anti-rejection medications. Everyone's blood sugars are different and sometimes unpredictable. This is especially true for people with heart failure. The disease progression and medications used to treat the disease can cause blood sugars to run higher or lower than usual.
Some people who did not have diabetes before their transplant may find that they now have high blood sugars. For those with diabetes before transplant, the condition may be harder to manage. The medications that are taken to prevent rejection may cause blood sugars to go up.
We understand that diabetes affects each person differently. Because of this, we help create treatment programs for the special needs of each person. Individuals (pre- and post- transplant) and their families are welcome to contact the Transplant Diabetes Program and utilize the classes and programs provided.