- One in three people with diabetes had higher risks of developing kidney diseases, says Diabetes UK.
- Diabetic Nephropathy is more common with diabetic and hypertensive patients.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and going for regular check-ups help prevent the disease.
People with diabetes are more at risk of developing kidney diseases.
Diabetes UK reports that 1 in 3 diabetic people might develop the disease. The good news is, having the right treatment and proper care can prevent the risk of development.
“Taking care of your kidneys is an essential part of managing your diabetes,” according to Diabetes UK.
In addition, maintaining normal levels of blood glucose can significantly decrease the risk of kidney disease, as well as other diabetes-related conditions.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that if untreated, can lead to more serious ailments. Cardiovascular diseases, foot problems, vision loss, nerve damage, and kidney trouble are among the various health complications brought on by this condition. Kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy, can occur to anyone but affects more people with diabetes and high blood pressure. The disease develops more slowly over time especially with people who had diabetes for more than 20 years.
Kidneys function as fluid and salt level regulators in the body, aids in controlling blood pressure, and releases hormones. Damage to small blood vessels which causes them to become leaky or to stop working eventually leads to kidney failure.
Usually, there are no symptoms during the early stages of kidney disease. But swelling occurs in the foot and ankles due to changes in blood pressure and fluid imbalance in the body. As the disease progresses, waste products in the body build up until the body can no longer get rid of it. As a result, the kidneys lose its efficiency, and you start getting very ill.
So, to prevent this disease from developing, here’s what you should do:
- Make sure to attend to all your medical appointments including regular diabetes check-ups. This would help in the early detection of the symptoms of kidney disease.
- It is essential to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar levels within your target range.
- At least once a year, go for a urinalysis to check your protein levels, and a blood test to measure kidney function.
- Eat healthily, maintain an active lifestyle, and do not smoke.