What is it?
Diabetic kidney disease is a type of kidney disease caused by diabetes, which is the leading cause of kidney disease. About 1 out of 4 adults with diabetes has kidney disease The main job of the kidneys is to filter wastes and extra water out of your blood to make urine. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure and make hormones that your body needs to stay healthy. When your kidneys are damaged, they can’t filter blood like they should, which can cause wastes to build up in your body. Kidney damage can also cause other health problems. Kidney damage caused by diabetes usually occurs slowly, over many years.
What are the symptoms?
Most people with diabetic kidney disease do not have symptoms. The only way to know if you have diabetic kidney disease is to get your kidneys checked. Symptoms develop as the kidney function worsens, symptoms may include: Swelling of the hands, feet, and face. Trouble sleeping or concentrating. Poor appetite. Nausea. Weakness. Itching (end-stage kidney disease) and extremely dry skin. Drowsiness (end-stage kidney disease)
- Maintain blood glucose within normal limits. Taking your medicines as prescribed can help you achieve this goals and improve your health overall.
- Maintain blood pressure within normal limits
- Maintain Healthy lifestyle habits
- Work with a dietitian to develop a diabetes meal plan and limit salt and sodium.
- Make physical activity part of your routine.
- Stay at or get to a healthy weight.
- Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid being lazy to follow your diabetes eating plan
- Avoid eating foods that are high in salt
- Avoid being not active
- Avoid being overweight
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you think you have symptoms of diabetic kidney disease or you have uncontrolled diabetes