Diabetes Mellitus and Kidney Complications
Diabetes is a chronic illness that has a number of complications,
and along with amputation, Renal Failure has the most impact on the daily living habits if
you have diabetes.
Part of your care includes regular blood work by your physician
who should be testing you about once each year for any changes in your renal functioing. Good tight
control of your blood sugar has been shown to have significant impact on how rapidly and severe
your kidneys will react to the diabetic process.
Renal Failure and Dialysis
If you have had diabetes for a while there is a good chance that
your kidneys have been impacted by the diesease process. While with time it is likely you will have
some chronic kidney problems fewer than 1% of diabetics end up on dialysis. While some can
arrange to have home dialysis, most patients spend a good amount of their time in a dialysis
Prevention is important. In addition to regular yearly blood work,
to screen for problems, it is important if you have shown signs of chronic kidney disease to avoid
too much protein. You also should vigorously work to lower your blood pressure.
It can be draining financially as well as emotionally. Often
requiring about 4 trips each week to the dialysis center, they kidney problem seems to loom
very large for the typical diabetic.