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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.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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Thank you for this important information which I did not know before reading this blog. This will definitely make me increase my physical activity. mcl
Thank you so much.
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I am curious about what happens to posted comments that include serious medical questions. Does someone on the Mayo staff answer them individually, or are other posters supposed to answer the questions? Is the purpose of the comments to share anecdotes about coping with diabetes, or to get medical information?
Hi, I am a T II Diabetic since 1997. I am 58 yrs of age. Several months ago I completed a 24 hour urine collection for microalbumin. The result showed my creatinine was 6.4 from memory. My fasting blood sugars range from 3.9 to 7.6 mmol. I am non insulin, tablets only with diet.
I have been experiencing symptoms, such as the skin on my legs is becoming much drier with burning in lower limbs, arms and across the torso of the body. The awareness to drink has decreased, but I carry a one liter bottle of water with me. My intake of water would vary per day, between 800 ml to just over one liter or 1000 milliliters. At times I have lower back pain or flank discomfort. During the Australian summer, with days in the very high 30's Celsius, or as last January 46.7 degrees Celsius in my town, it was very difficult to humanly concentrate.
However, I have been made aware that my output does not match my input. I have, according to my GP, Autonomic Nerve Disease.
I have also become aware that the nerve function of both bladder and bowel have become weaker.
I see a Gastroenterologist, a Neurologist, an Endocrinologist, but as yet not a Nephrologist. This is my next port of call so to speak.
Could you please refer me to Renal Journals or Journals of Nephrology, that I can read up on.
I am a type II for 12 years now. I was a smoker and could jog for 2 hours daily, last year I had a heart bypass while doing a routine check up, they found that I have a 50-99% clogged. I had options either to do nothing , delay it or live with it. I chose the heart surgery. The problem I have now is after the operation, I quit smoking and my blood sugar just went crazy.prior to the surgery, my blood sugar never exceeds 190. After the opration I quit smoking and my sugar has not gone down. I am taking metformin with glipizide and it helps some to have it around 170. I am frustraded as ever because I do not smoke, My blood sugars is higher now than ever and I work out daily longer today than before. I don't know what happened after surgery that my sugar went beserk. I drink 3 beers daily all my life, I sued to drink Budweiser, today I changed to coors light. I feel that drinking a few beers would help flush my kidneys and keep it healthy. After all, alcohol does thins the blood and should allow for easier blood flow in my sleep. What do the Pro's have to say about my delima?
My doctor just told me that I have about 35% total kidney function left. I had undiagnosed diabetes type 1 for many years. Is there a health food, or suppliment that I can take to help the kidneys. The doctors seem unsure what to do. I have been placed on a special diet low in protein and potassium foods. Taking furosemide for fluid. I have been religious in taking my insulin and try to do everything the doctors tell me to do. My sleep is not good as I cannot lay down, my skin itches constantly and I am nauseated most of the time. Could sure use some suggestions. Thank you.
I was put on ibuprofen, 800 mg of it for my bulging discs.....it helps but I don't want kidney damage either which I was not told about. Glad I found this article about ibuprofen.
I have type 2 diabetes but on type 1 meds. I have been having high sugars for the past few weeks and am in early kidney disease (was about 6 months or so ago). What are the symptoms of kidney disease and when and if you will have to go on dialysis. I have had several bladder infections and urinate often and thighs are tender when I walk. Thanks
Stacy, we feel for you mom. Diabetes is a silent killer and the individual can feel fine with high blood glucoses, it's just the long term effects of poor blood glucose control that can catch up with you later.
My son Holden has Type1 diabetes...He was diagnosed at 15 and is now 20...He doesnt take care of himself like he should. He hasnt seen a doctor in over a year and a half...and hasnt checked his blood sugar in God knows how long. He tells me...I know when Im low mom!!!..I worry about the long term affects.
MY HUSBAND JUST FOUND OUT ON APRIL 27 2010 THAT HE IS A DIABETIC NEUROPATHY AND THAT HE HAS LOST 50 % FUNCTION BUT I WAS WONDERING HOW TO KEEP OUR THREE KIDS INFORMED WITH OUT SCARING THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY 13,12 AND 10. AN WE WON'T NO WANT THE DOCTORS WANT TO DO UNTIL JUNE 14.
so if someone could please help me i feel scared and only but i dont want them to know
I need help. I have a panic disorder!!My husband Brian is what is called a brittal diabatic. He has it forever. I have gone through so much. Not to mention what this poor man has done to himself. A University of michgan grad. He doesn't have any commom sense. Last Sunday his blood level was 10.Of course he collasped at the wheel of his car. A angel found him called the para-medics. They revived him. He was hospitalized. He was in the hospital for days. Now he has been home this week.He has had blood sugar levels of 750-590-390 Nothing normal. He refuses help. What should I do?? manya
yes i heard kidney and diabetes are in close connection so is with other organs... :(
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I have type 2 diabetes, I did quit smoking 3 years ago but I use the nicotine 2mg lozenges, probably going thru 20 a day. What affect do these have versus smoking?
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