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Protect Your Kidneys

posted Mar 16, 2015, 7:36 AM by Josie Maroney


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March is National Kidney Month: what does that mean if you have diabetes?

Kidney disease damages your kidneys, preventing them from cleaning your blood as well as they should.

If you do have kidney disease, it's important to be diagnosed early. Treatment can slow down the disease and prevent or delay kidney failure. Because chronic kidney disease often develops slowly and with few symptoms, many people do not realize they have the disease until it is advanced.

Approximately 1 of 3 adults with diabetes and 1 of 5 adults with high blood pressure has chronic kidney disease.

If you have diabetes, talk with your health care provider about testing for kidney disease. Blood and urine tests are the only ways to tell if you have chronic kidney disease. Have an A1c test at least twice a year, but ideally up to four times a year. Meet blood sugar targets as often as you can.  Also, if you have high blood pressure, talk to your provider about how to keep it under control.

Helping to prevent type 2 diabetes is another important step in preventing kidney disease. Studies have shown that overweight people at higher risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, or 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. You can do that by eating healthier and getting 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

Protect your kidneys, especially if you have diabetes.


Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Division of Diabetes Translation 

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