Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney disease. If you’re living with diabetic kidney disease, it’s extremely important to stay in control of, and care for, both your diabetes and kidneys so you can be your healthiest.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Common symptoms of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor. Early diagnosis and consistent treatment are key to controlling the condition.
Poorly controlled blood sugar slowly weakens and damages the blood vessels in the kidneys over time. This condition can lead to kidney disease. As more kidney tissues are damaged, it can result in kidney failure.
When the kidneys fail to filter and remove waste and excess water from the blood, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed.
How to control diabetes
It’s essential that you follow your doctor’s exact instructions for managing diabetes. Everyone’s health is different, and only your doctor or nurse can determine what’s right for you.
In general, there are certain steps that should be part of your daily routine to control blood sugar:
If you have questions about diabetic kidney disease, ask your doctor or nurse.