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The risk for chronic kidney disease is high for people with diabetes. Fifty percent of those with diabetes don't know it and aren't getting the treatment they need. Did you know that approximately 40 percent of people with diabetes will develop chronic kidney disease? It creeps in silently and symptoms develop late, when the kidneys have failed. But it's possible to cut your risk by taking the following steps:
Kidneys help your body to get rid of toxins and excess water from the blood. Kidneys also regulate blood sugar, monitor blood levels of sodium and potassium, and regulate the acidity of your blood. Another important role of the kidneys is to make red blood cells. So, don't ignore your kidneys. Take care of your kidneys and they will take care of you for many years to come! Looking forward to hearing from you.
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
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