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Kidney transplantation in diabetes

The suitability for a kidney transplant depends on person's general state of health and condition.

Each year, there are approximately 250 kidney transplants performed in Finland. In most cases, a kidney transplant is an option for people with severe kidney failure and type 1 diabetes. It is also an option for some people with type 2 diabetes. After a kidney transplant, a person will need to use immunosuppressant medication for the rest of their life.

A simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant can be performed on a person with a severe kidney disease resulting form type 1 diabetes who is otherwise suitable for a pancreas transplant. Each year, there are a few dozen type 1 diabetes-related simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants performed. By the end of 2019, a total of 150 pancreas transplants had been performed in Finland.

In the last ten years, the number of kidney transplants amongst people with type 2 diabetes has doubled.

Kidney transplantation is discussed in detail in the Kindeyhub (in Finnish and Swedish).

Updated 30.9.2023