• How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys

    According to the center for disease control (CDC),  “Diabetes can cause kidney disease, approximately 1 of 3 adults with diabetes are likely to develop kidney disease”.

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    Diabetes and high blood pressure are common causes of CKD. Moreover, CKD and diabetes are both major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Controlling blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure can prevent or delay CKD and CVD and improve health outcomes.

    The main job of the kidneys is to filter wastes and extra water out of your blood to make urine. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure and make hormones that your body needs to stay healthy.

    When your kidneys are damaged, they can’t filter blood like they should, which can cause wastes to build up in your body. Kidney damage can also cause other health problems.

    Kidney damage caused by diabetes usually occurs slowly, over many years. You can take steps to protect your kidneys and to prevent or delay kidney damage.

    You are also more likely to develop kidney disease if you have diabetes and

    • smoke
    • don’t follow your diabetes eating plan
    • eat foods high in salt
    • are not active
    • are overweight
    • have heart disease
    • have a family history of kidney failure

    The only way to know if you have diabetic kidney disease is to get your kidneys checked.

    How can I keep my kidneys healthy if I have diabetes?

    The best way to slow or prevent diabetes-related kidney disease is to 

    • Reach your blood glucose goals
    • Control your blood pressure
    • Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits
    • Take medicines as prescribed

    These can help you achieve these goals and improve your health overall.

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    Credit: National kidney foundation/CDC/NIDDK

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