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What You Should Know About Diabetic Kidney Disease

Oct 24, 2019

For those with diabetes, controlling blood sugar and following doctor’s orders is key to slow the progression of kidney disease. With diabetes being the leading cause of kidney disease, it’s essential to understand the risk factors and what you can do.

With a change in lifestyle choices, prevention or stopping the progression of diabetic kidney disease is possible.

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What is Diabetic Kidney Disease?

Unmanaged diabetes decreases kidney function. Risk factors are diabetes with poor glucose sugar control, poor diabetes diet choices, and hereditary factors. By managing diabetes and making some lifestyle changes, kidney disease can be slowed and sometimes prevented.

Managing Diabetes for Better Kidney Healthy

Those with type 2 diabetes or who have had type 1 diabetes for more than five years should be tested yearly for kidney disease. Reaching glucose goals, controlling blood pressure, taking your medicine as prescribed, and creating healthier lifestyle habits are all vital to better kidney health.

Prevention Through Wellness

Beyond diabetes, the risk of kidney disease rises in those who:

  • Smoke
  • Don’t follow their diet plan
  • Have a high salt diet
  • Are inactive and overweight
  • Have a family history of kidney failure

Talk to your doctor and dietitian about risk factors and wellness choices that can help you lead a healthier life.

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