Diabetics at High Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease

People who are dealing with diabetes have a greater risk of kidney failure, and might not know it until it's too late.

Unless your diabetes is managed well, unsteady blood sugar levels can overwork the kidneys.

Janet Burton of Davita Five-Star Dialysis says most of us don't realize everything the kidneys do. She said this, "They not only filter all of the blood and remove excess fluid but they also control blood pressure, they produce a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production, they also are able to filter all of the waste products, everything we eat, so that the waste products are excreted as urine."

If kidney disease becomes chronic, you will need dialysis or a transplant. You can ask your doctor to do a simple screening test, and to keep track of your kidney risk on a regular basis.

 


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