Kidney donation for people with metabolic syndrome
Why is metabolic syndrome a problem for kidney donation?
Metabolic syndrome is a problem for kidney donation because it can raise your chance of:
- Type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease
- Heart disease, which can lower kidney function
- Kidney disease
Can I donate a kidney if I have metabolic syndrome?
Maybe. Each transplant center has its own rules about who can donate. If you have 3 or more conditions of metabolic syndrome, doctors may do more tests than usual.
To qualify as a kidney donor, you’ll first need to make changes to reverse it, such as following a healthy meal plan or being more active. You’ll need to keep up these healthy changes for the rest of your life.
You may not be able to donate if doctors think your metabolic syndrome gives you a high chance of:
- Heart-related problems during or after surgery
- Kidney disease
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