Diabetes and Kidneys

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease that develops as a result of diabetes. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Diabetes can affect many parts of the body, including the kidneys.

Blood vessels carry blood to the kidneys for cleansing. These vessels can be damaged if diabetes is not controlled. This can cause kidney disease, also called nephropathy. If the damage is bad enough, it can lead to kidney failure.

Unless the damage is severe, you probably will not have any symptoms. If your kidneys fail, your feet and ankles may swell. You also might feel weak or not want to eat.

Treatment for diabetic nephropathy attempts to manage and slow the progression of the disease.

There are some things you can do to protect kidney function.

Keep your blood pressure lower than 130 over 80.

Keep your A1C level below 7 percent.

Stick to your diet. Ask your doctor how many calories and the amount of carbohydrates and protein you should eat daily.

Exercise every day.

Check your blood sugar level often.

Take the medicines your doctor prescribes for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.