and The Kidneys
In diabetic kidney disease (also called
diabetic nephropathy), cells and blood vessels in the kidneys are
damaged, affecting the organs’ ability to filter out waste.
Waste builds up in your blood instead of being excreted. In some
cases this can lead to kidney failure. When the kidneys fail, a
person has to have his or her blood filtered through a machine
(a treatment called dialysis) several times a week, or has to get
a kidney transplant.
Keep Your Kidneys Healthy If You Have Diabetes
There’s a lot you can do to prevent kidney problems.
A recent study shows that controlling your blood glucose can
or delay the onset of kidney disease. Keeping your blood pressure
under control is also important.
Diabetic kidney disease happens slowly and silently, so you
might not feel that anything is wrong until severe problems have
developed. Therefore, it is important to get your blood and urine
checked for kidney problems each year.
Your doctor can learn how well your kidneys are working by testing
every year for microalbumin (a protein) in the urine. Microalbumin
in the urine is an early sign of diabetic kidney disease. Your
doctor can also do a yearly blood test to measure your kidney
Go to the doctor if you develop a bladder or kidney infection;
symptoms include cloudy or bloody urine, pain or burning when
you urinate, an urgent need to urinate often, back pain, chills,
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