Diabetes and Kidney Disease (Diabetic Nephropathy)

Due to the behavioral patterns, living habits and environment changes, such as the diet, physical activity and other factors contribute to the high morbidity of Diabetes. The disease becomes an increasingly health issue throughout world. More importantly, Diabetes affects the whole body, and impairs multiple organs triggering kidney diseases, or even End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD), the most serious stage of CKD.

Before introducing Diabetes, End-stage Renal Failure should be known by us.

End-stage Renal Failure, also called End-stage renal disease, refers to the stop of one’s kidney function. Once ESRF happens, the patients require dialysis and kidney transplant to sustain his or her lives.

Okay, now get down to business.

Diabetes induced kidney disease is called Diabetic Nephropathy. It is the primary causes accounting for ESRF. Diabetes affects one’s kidneys in two ways; one is to pose damage to the glomeruli by its high levels of glucose. The other is the high levels of glucose damages the kidney function of controlling blood pressure. After the kidneys are involved, Diabetic Nephropathy occurs consequently. However, symptoms or signs appear only as the disease enters into the stage 3. Normally speaking, the disease can be reversed before the stage 3. Once the symptoms occur, the patient has lived with diabetes for 5 to 15 years.

In order to reduce the chance of suffering from kidney disease, those with Diabetes should control their blood sugar in the early stage. For those who have already suffered from the disease, prevention may not possible but controlling still works.

How to prevent?

First principle, take regular check-ups if you have a family history

Follow a kidney-friendly diet

Avoid tobacco and alcohol

Take medications if necessary

If you have diagnosed with Diabetes or Diabetic Nephropathy, or have any confusions, feel free to ask our doctor on line. We’re here to help!


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