How to protect your kidneys from diabetes

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How does diabetes cause kidney disease?

High blood glucose, also called blood sugar, can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys.

When the blood vessels are damaged, they don’t work as well. Many people with diabetes also develop high blood pressure, which can also damage your kidneys.

Kidney damage may begin 10 to 15 years after diabetes starts. As damage gets worse, the kidneys become worse at cleansing the blood.

If the damage gets bad enough, the kidneys can stop working. Kidney damage can’t be reversed.

The symptoms of diabetic kidney disease include Difficulty thinking clearly, A poor appetite, Weight loss, Dry and itchy skin, Muscle cramps, Fluid retention which causes swollen feet and ankles, Puffiness around the eyes, and Needing to pass urine more often than usual.

In this video, Dr. Jamie Andre who is a nephrologist (kidney specialist) answers common questions about how to protect kidneys from diabetes.

This is not professional advice, please seek out a professional if you need help.

This video is created for educational purposes and awareness around different topics. Video may or may not be able to go fully in-depth in such a limited time.

If you care about kidney health, please read studies about drug that could prevent kidney failure in people with diabetes, and vegetables that could protect against kidney damage in diabetes.

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