Diabetes can lead To kidney disease

Diabetes and kidney disease

Having diabetes puts you at a higher probability rate of developing kidney disease.  Left untreated, additional kidney damage and or even worse, kidney failure can occur. It is paramount that those living with diabetes have kidney function regularly monitored.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose in the blood.

Approximately 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes, usually seen in children and adolescents.

Type 1 diabetes includes latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), the term used to describe the small number of people with apparent type 2 diabetes who appear to have immune-mediated loss of pancreatic beta cells.

Type 2

Type 2 is found in the remaining 90 percent of people with diabetes. Type 2 occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not effectively use the insulin that it has produced.

children at risk

A very alarming note is that we are seeing an increase in children in high-risk populations diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

ACE Inhibitors or ARB

There are blood pressure pills called ACE inhibitors that can protect kidney function in people with diabetes. You should speak with your doctor to see if ACE inhibitors or ARB could work for you

It is extremely important that you take all medications as prescribed and check your blood pressure regularly; an important part of managing your kidney disease.

Type 2 can lead to kidney failure if not kept under controlled and monitored

Stay vigilante with your health

It is paramount those who are living with diabetes stay vigilant in their health.  Kidney testing must be performed each year to ensure no additional harm or permanent damage to the kidneys.

once a year urine test for microalbuminuria

This test shows microscopic amounts of protein found in the urine. This test detects the early stages of kidney disease and, with help from your doctor, you can help in-slowing kidney disease down with diet and medications.

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