Diabetes and Kidney Problems
This three-page handout educates people about kidney problems associated with diabetes. It explains that persons with diabetes have blood glucose (blood sugar) levels that are too high, and over time this can cause nephropathy, or kidney damage. It describes signs and symptoms of nephropathy, and clarifies that there are no signs during early stages, recommending that people keep their diabetes well controlled and get regular checks for kidney problems. The document recommends that people have have their urine checked for protein as part of a physical exam every year, and outlines other blood tests such as the hemoglobin A1C test and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or creatinine test. It discusses treatment to keep kidney disease from getting worse, and blood sugar and blood pressure control to slow kidney damage.
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