Diabetes Research on Keeping the Kidneys Healthy

Diabetes research on kidneys? Let’s first have a review. By now we know that too much sugar in the blood, if not attended to, can cause complications. Diabetics are more prone to damage in various parts of the body like the heart, blood vessels, eyes, extremities, and kidneys. We’ve tackled what to do with heart problems; now let’s see what to do to avoid kidney troubles.

The diabetes research will tell us that the kidneys are the two organs, shaped like beans, below the rib cage near around the back. They clean up the waste products out of the blood. The clean blood with the needed protein goes back to the blood stream while the waste goes out of the body.

With damaged kidneys, the clean-up isn’t going to happen. The kidneys won’t be able to clean up the waste and may cause the protein to leak into the urine instead of keeping it inside the body. And the diabetes research says everybody needs this protein to stay healthy. But this does not need to happen so let’s recap what one has to do every day to be healthy with diabetes.

1. Be physically active for thirty minutes at least most days of the week.

2. Eat healthy and follow the meal plan the health care team has mapped out.

3. Take the medicines as ordered by the doctor.

4. Check the blood sugar every day and record the findings.

5. Brush teeth every day.

6. Quit smoking.

7. Manage the blood pressure and cholesterol level.

8. Make sure the feet have no cuts or sores so check them every day.

Having good health habits can slow down kidney problems and sometimes prevent this complication from happening. So, what is one to do? What does diabetes research say to do to prevent diabetes kidney problem? Here they are:

1. Control your blood sugar by keeping it as normal as possible, below 7 according to American Diabetes Association but your doctor will tell you what your target is.

2. Also control the blood pressure by keeping it below 130/80. Take the blood pressure pills as the doctor recommended. Controlling the blood pressure will not only help avoid damage to the kidneys but also to the heart, blood vessels and the eyes.

3. Get a kidney check-up at least once a year. This way your urine will be tested for the presence of small amounts of protein. The presence of protein in the urine is a sign that something is not right with the kidneys. The urinalysis you have every year will help establish the potential for kidney disease. This is what the diabetes research tells us.

4. Have any other kidney tests that your doctor may think you need.

5. Get a blood test at least once a year for creatinine. According to the diabetes research, this test should be a help in estimating the extent of kidney function.

6. Have a healthy balanced meal as recommended by the health care team. You may have to cut back on protein if kidney problems are already present.

7. To delay the kidney damage, our diabetes research has found there are two pills available. Ask your doctor if you need to take one. These are:

  • ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor
  • ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker)

8. Stay away from regularly using pain reliever. Using painkillers every day can damage the kidneys. It happened to my sister. She took painkillers for her arthritis every day for a number of years. We tried to stop her but she would not listen and she developed kidney problem. She died three years ago and I still miss her so. Mind you, taking a small dose of aspirin to protect the heart and acetaminophen for infrequent use should be safe. If you have chronic pain like arthritis it is best to consult your doctor as to how you can manage the pain without damaging the kidneys.

9. Since people with diabetes are more likely to have kidney and bladder infections, this should be monitored regularly. Any urinary tract infection should be treated right away, so does the diabetes research tell us. How do you know if you have kidney infection? Here are the symptoms:

  • frequent longing to go to the bathroom
  • urine is cloudy or reddish
  • fever or a wobbly feeling
  • pain below the ribs in the back or side
  • painful urination

Diabetes research has uncovered more data. We will try to put the rest on the next web page. Meantime try to follow the recommendations as to what to do to stay healthy with diabetes. Next read up on how to prevent kidney problems. Then take action to stay healthy.

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