PD fluid: Does less sugar lead to better outcomes?

A recent randomized, controlled trial with 251 patients combined two studies of standard vs. low-glucose PD fluids. The study looked at hemoglobin A1c levels. In the low-glucose fluid group, A1c and triglyceride levels dropped and lipid profiles improved. But...there were more serious events and deaths in this group due to fluid overload. So, the low-glucose fluid was better for blood sugar and lipids, but with a higher risk of fluid problems. The authors suggest that if low-glucose fluids (like icodextrin) are used, it is vital to watch fluid levels closely.

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