Looking After Your Kidneys with Diabetes
There are many different things that you need to watch for when you have diabetes, and one of the major issues is kidney failure. One of the biggest concerns with kidney failure is that most with diabetes who end up with this condition do not even have a clue until the kidneys start to fail. Often, neither does the doctor. Of course it is something that your physician is going to watch out for, but it can be hard to detect right from the beginning, which can be a big problem.
It is only natural that your preferred course of action to take would be to use preventative measures in order to avoid this at all costs. There are tests that can be done on a regular basis that will detect kidney disease early. This is a big positive, for if it is detected early enough there are medications that can be used to help treat and keep it under control. Of course you will need to make other changes as well, such as with your diet, so you can keep your blood sugar level and glucose levels under control. Early detection is the key to being able to treat kidney disease.
There are signs that you can watch out for that will let you know that there may be a problem so you can get tested right away. These would include sudden weight gain, no appetite, feeling sick on a daily basis, foamy urine and even water retention. All of these signs and symptoms generally occur once the onset of kidney disease has started to progress. Remember, finding out early is the key. This can be achieved with blood and urine tests There is also a blood pressure test that should be done as well. If your doctor has not carried out these tests, you should ask for them.
When it comes to asking your doctor questions there are no stupid ones. Yes, asking for tests that would show if you have kidney disease may be scary, but it can be even scarier if you do not find out that you have it until it is too late and you end up on dialysis. The earlier that you know the news, the better. If your doctor feels that you could be at risk, performs the tests and they come back positive, it can be a great help to start the treatments as early as possible to delay the possibility of dialysis for many years to come.
Prevention comes with a healthy diet and exercise and following the regimen that your doctor prescribes. Early detection is critical and talking with your physician is an excellent preventative measure that you can take to make sure that you are doing all of the right things. You should never be afraid to speak with your doctor and tell them about your fears and your concerns. Making sure that they are doing everything that they can for your good health will help to keep both you and your doctor up to date on your condition.
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