Hi all, I just had a physical and the results are in. Mostly I'm doing very well, A1C was 5.8 and most of the tests came back normal. The only one that concerns me, and the doctor said it's just something we need to watch at this point, was the microalbumin test. I'm showing trace amounts of protein in my urine. Well, we all know that 33 percent of diabetics end up with kidney disease, so I'm taking this very seriously. I asked my doctor what I could do, and he said I'm already doing everything. So I started researching it myself to see if in fact I am doing what I'm supposed to do. I do keep my blood glucose under good control, exercise daily and follow my meal plan … mostly. But when I cheat it's with foods that don't impact my blood glucose much, like cheese, nuts or meat. So, I'm not very good limiting my protein to the 6-7 ounces daily that's on my meal plan. So I need to be more careful with that. And salt. I've never restricted my love of salt, so there's a lot of room for improvement there. And alcohol. I don't have a drink every day, but when I do, I might have two glasses of wine instead of the one I'm allowed. Sigh. I was surprised to read that those with kidney disease have fluids limited, but I guess it makes sense. I know it's individualized, but would anyone who is further down this road than myself, or is just knowledgable care to share with me what is a proper amount of fluids to consume in a day? I always thought water at least would be unlimited, but I guess that's just not true.
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