What Diabetes Does to Your Kidneys


Jillian Thaw

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We know a lot about how diabetes affects your body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels, and it’s widely understood that diabetics often have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. But not everyone knows that diabetes can contribute to chronic kidney disease – and it does so fairly often. If you are concerned about diabetes’ affect on your kidneys, consult your doctor.

Diabetic Kidney Disease

More than 35% of diabetics over the age of 20 have chronic kidney disease. And diabetes can greatly increase the risk of advancing to the final stage of kidney disease: kidney failure. In fact, diabetes accounts for 44% of new cases of kidney failure. According to recent government surveys, of nearly 24 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, 180,000 are living with kidney failure as a result of the disease.

After you receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, your doctor will work with you to determine the best method of treatment, be it medication or insulin injections. But, as Dr. Anthony Cardillo explains, the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes? Proper diet and exercise.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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