One of the biggest challenges of being diabetes is developing kidney disease

Posted by mornutrition on May 7th, 2015

Our kidneys main job is to remove bio-waste from the blood, regulate fluid content, and keep levels of electrolytes like sodium, phosphate and potassium. As well as regulate blood pressure, support red blood cells production and keep our bones strong.

On a daily basis the kidney will filter about 50 gallons of blood through their 140 miles of tubes to produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine, composed of wastes and extra fluid. Our total blood supply is filtered by the kidneys about once every five minutes.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure accounting for nearly 44% of new cases.

Diabetes will lead to a kidney disease. It takes time to develop a kidney disease. It’s not happing over one night. For some people it may take years to progress to a kidney disease. Even if you control your sugar levels your kidney disease may progress. What that means is that your body ability to filter bio-waste and regulate fluid will compromised.

At first stage, small amounts of blood protein albumin begin to leak into the urine and the kidney’s markers will remain in the norm levels with small standard deviation. As the disease progress more albumin leaks into the urine, blood pressure and kidney markers rises.

Studies shows that kidney damage rarely occurs in the first 10 years of diabetes, and usually 15 to 25 years will pass before kidney failure occurs. For people who live with diabetes for more than 25 years without any signs of kidney failure, the risk of ever developing it decreases.

What Can You Do

  1. Manage your pre-diabetes and diabetic condition as fast as you can. Take it seriously, do what ever you can to take control this disease. Prevent any future complications involved with diabetes. The fact that millions American are struggling with diabetic does not say millions of Americans are disease free.
  2. Manage you blood pressure
  3. If its gets out of control seek care
  4. At the same time – seek for a professional nutritional support for diet and life style changes to improve your health.

Controlling your glucose levels will support your kidney’s health as well.

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Diabetes Statistics, 2007. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008

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