Diabetic Kidney Disease
When a patient develops kidney disease, it can be life-threatening and even lead to dialysis.
Diabetic kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy or DKD, occurs when high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes, target the kidneys’ blood vessels. Once injured, the kidneys cannot clean blood properly. In response, the body retains more water and salt than it should which can result in weight gain, swollen ankles, protein in urine and, the buildup of toxins in the blood.
Are You at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease?
If you are a diabetic whose blood glucose or blood pressure is too high, you run an increased risk of developing kidney disease. Certain ethnicities, including Hispanic, African American, and Native American, have higher incidences of kidney disease. As with most conditions, if you smoke, are overweight, eat poorly, or have a family history of kidney failure, you are also at a higher risk than other individuals of developing it.
Unfortunately, many patients who have diabetic kidney disease do not experience any warning symptoms. Have your kidneys checked regularly. If you have type 2 diabetes or have had type 1 diabetes for over 5 years, have your kidneys tested annually.
Issues with emptying the bladder may also occur due to diabetes’ tendency to cause nerve damage in the body. This backup of pressure from the full bladder can be very harmful to the kidneys, especially if the urine remains in the bladder for too long. In that case, the patient will be prone to developing an infection due to the rapid growth of bacteria in the urine with high sugar levels.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, affecting about 1 out of 4 adults who are diagnosed with diabetes. We at koya diabetes care recognize this alarming issue and work tirelessly to ensure that residents in South Florida and across the United States have access to our proven, effective and innovative treatment that has been shown to delay, stop and, in some cases, reverse the damage caused by diabetes.
Signs of Kidney Disease:
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- Leg cramps
- Increased blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Protein found in urine
- Increased bathroom usage throughout the night
- Weakness and paleness
- Unusual itchiness
Control Your Blood Pressure
If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, it is best to schedule an appointment with our professionals immediately. We will customize your treatment and find methods that work for you to control your blood pressure, treat any existing urinary tract infections, cut out medications that will further harm your kidneys, and closely monitor and control your blood sugar levels.
Controlling kidney disease and avoiding complete kidney failure is best accomplished with a knowledgeable and caring healthcare professional by your side. Schedule your appointment with koya diabetes care today for a complete evaluation and Set up an appointment today by calling us at 040-39565230 or you can click here now for more information.