High blood glucose levels could damage the kidneys. Here’s how to prevent it.
Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to understand the impact that this chronic disease can have on other organs and systems in the body. The kidneys can be affected greatly by this disorder, but our El Paso, TX, nephrologists can make sure that you are doing what you can to control your diabetes and protect against kidney disease.
How does diabetes impact the kidneys?
Uncontrolled blood sugar or high levels of blood sugar can cause damage to the blood vessels in the kidneys. When damage occurs to the kidneys it cannot properly clean the blood. Diabetes also causes nerve damage, which can affect the bladder, making it more difficult to fully empty the bladder.
How common is a kidney disease in people with diabetes?
According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 30 percent of people with Type 1 diabetes and anywhere from 10-40 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes will face kidney failure.
What are the signs of kidney disease?
The early signs of kidney disease include weight gain and swelling around the ankles. This is because the body is retaining more water and salt than normal since the kidneys cannot properly clean the blood.
Other signs include more frequent trips to the bathroom at night and high blood pressure. It’s important that you are turning to our El Paso, TX, renal team for annual checkups so that we can check blood pressure, urine, and blood for early signs of kidney disease.
How is kidney disease treated?
Your treatment plan will depend on the stage of your kidney disease. Those in the beginning stages of kidney disease may be able to control their condition by simply getting their blood sugar under control with a healthy lifestyle and medication and taking medications that treat hypertension and/or high cholesterol. Those in more advanced stages of kidney disease will require dialysis or even a transplant.
Can you prevent kidney disease?
There are steps you can take to protect yourself against kidney disease if you have diabetes. The most important thing is that you are properly controlling your diabetes by taking medication that maintains normal blood sugar levels. Medication along with a healthy lifestyle can go a long way to preventing kidney disease and other complications.
If you are noticing changes in your renal health or if you have diabetes, it’s important that you have a nephrologist that you can turn to. Call Kidney Consultants of El Paso at (915) 544-7767 to schedule an appointment.