If you have diabetes you are at a higher risk for kidney disease, especially if you have high glucose and high blood pressure. Approximately 1 in 4 adults with diabetes will also develop kidney disease. Your chances increase if you smoke, are overweight, have heart disease, have a family member with kidney disease and you don’t exercise or follow your diabetes food plan. Many people are not aware that they have kidney disease and would benefit from being tested for it. To keep your kidneys as healthy as you can, work with your health care team to keep your glucose and [...]
A research team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has revealed biological pathways involved in diabetic kidney disease. They hope that with these new pathways, early diagnostic tests and targeted treatments can be designed. According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 30 percent of patients with type 1 diabetes and 10 to 40 percent of those with type 2 diabetes will eventually have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The study focused on the kidney’s glomerulus, which act as the key unit for blood filtration. Researchers studied three different cell types, using two sets of mice. One group naturally developed diabetic kidney [...]
With flu season upon us, it is especially important for you as a chronic kidney disease patient to take precautions to avoid infection. If you are also diabetic, your risk of being hospitalized because of flu increases dramatically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released comprehensive guidelines about avoiding the flu and staying well during flu season. First and foremost, the CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older unless told otherwise by a healthcare professional. It is important to note, you cannot get the flu from the flu shot. If you do contract the flu, one [...]
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and currently affects more than 29 million people in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently relaunched the National Diabetes Education Program, a website that contains educational resources on the disease. The information, which has been scientifically tested and verified, is available in the form of fact sheets, webinars, videos and other materials. The website is free, open to anyone, and can be found here. The DPC Education Center’s Education Call on diabetes can be viewed here.
The relationship between diabetes and kidney disease First, to set the record straight, if you have diabetes you will not necessarily develop kidney disease. The fact that you are reading this handout already puts you ahead of the curve, because there are steps that you can take to safeguard against chronic kidney disease (CKD). Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. The other leading causes of CKD are: • Hypertension (high blood pressure) • Glomerulonephritis • Cystic diseases • Urologic disease. In diabetics, the body has a hard time producing or properly using insulin. Without insulin, glucose (sugar) remains [...]
Diabetes is one of the primary causes of Chronic Kidney Disease. November is Diabetes Awareness month, which provides the perfect opportunity to further education on the disease and how it can affect your kidney health. Join us Monday, November 2 at 3:00 PM to hear a discussion on ways to manage diabetes to stay as healthy as possible. The call can be viewed online by visiting www.dpcedcenter.org/education-calls or by phone at 1-877-388-5186 conference code: 433-459-5474.
People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing serious problems with their kidneys. In fact, diabetes is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease (also called CKD). To better understand why diabetes is a top cause of CKD, it is important to know more about diabetes and how it can damage your kidneys. Diabetes is a disease that affects a person’s sugar levels (also called blood glucose levels). There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas (an organ in the body behind the stomach) does not make insulin any longer. Type 2 [...]