Kidney Disease and Diabetes – What You Need to Know

Kidney Disease and Diabetes – What You Need to Know

by | Nov 6, 2023 | Kidney Care, Patient Education, Resources

Kidney disease is a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. This is because high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys over time.

The early stages of kidney disease often do not have any signs or symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, you may experience the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Ankle and leg swelling
  • Urinating more often at night
  • Protein in the urine
  • High levels of BUN and creatinine in the blood
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Weakness, paleness, and anemia
  • Itching

If you have diabetes, it’s important to get your kidneys checked regularly. This is done with simple blood and urine tests. Early treatment is most effective and can help prevent additional health problems.

Here are some things you can do to help prevent kidney disease:

  • Manage your blood sugar levels
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit your alcohol intake

If you have diabetes, it is important to see your doctor for regular checkups and kidney screenings. This will help to detect kidney disease early, when it is most treatable.  If you have any questions or concerns about kidney disease, please talk to your doctor.

Watch this video featuring Balboa Nephrology Provider, Dr. John Videen discussing the strain diabetes causes on the kidneys. 

National Kidney Foundation
American Diabetes Association
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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