May 22, 2007
Hyperglycemia and DKA, Other
Question from India:
Can hyperglycemia and insulin cause blood flow variations? If yes, how?
Absolutely, glucose and insulin cause localized changes in blood flow. Insulin is known to do this through nitric oxide at the tissue level. Glucose is an osmotically active agent that may also do this. Hence, hyperfiltration and increased blood flow to the kidneys are a consequence of hyperglycemia.