Kidney Damage

cjh - 18518
By cjh - 18518 Latest Reply 2011-05-23 09:04:01 -0500
Started 2011-05-18 12:47:22 -0500

About three years ago, I was told I have kidney damage..It really scared me. I have type 1 and I have had it for 26 years. I guess it's to be expected to have some kind of damage. I am really trying to control my blood sugars and take care of my self. When I get tested my kidney function readings go up and down. I am worried about the progression rate of kidney kidney disease..on so forth.
Anyone have any input?

15 replies

Jes P
Jes P 2011-05-19 21:52:41 -0500 Report

Hello, I have type I and II diabetes. So, there was no way I was not going to have it. I have Kidney failure do to diabetes. I had diabetes since the age of 8. And have been on dailysis for almost two years now. I'm waiting on a kidney transplant at the moment. What ever you do try to keep your diabetes under control as well as your BP. Blood pressure will get your kidneys before Diabetes will. I don't know your Labs. But I know that your kidneys are not processing potassium and phosphorus like they should. So, I would stay away from foods high in these things. Potassium: potatoes, tomatoes, banannas. Phosphorus: any cheese, most dairy, some whole wheat, any dark sodas. Believe me if you think a diabetic diet is hard a renal diet is worst! much worst! And you probably don't have as much out put when going to the restroom. I less you put out the worse your kidney function will be. I'm thankful I still have some out put, because I have to watch my liquid intake on top of everything else. So, I would watch the salt and liquid intake. And if at all possiable stay away from carbonatied drinks. Its hard I know because I love to drink them, but I don't for health reason. And I want a kidney so I can feel like have a life agiain.
Good luck
Jes P

jayabee52 2011-05-20 23:21:59 -0500 Report

Howdy Jess,
I was wondering about hving both t1 and t2, Didn.t think that was possible. Who told you that?

Jes P
Jes P 2011-05-21 20:22:23 -0500 Report

Howdy back,
It's possible. When first trying to get on the transplant list at Ok City. I also was trying to get a pancreas tansplant but I was ineligible because I have strong trades or genes for both I and II. And they don't transplants type II as of yet anyway. You can just guess how well that when over with me. They did all kinds of test. Too many to count. They (Nephrologist-kidney transplant specialist) explained it like this. Type II make some insulin. Which I do make some to none. But my body acts as if it is a type I diabetic in that it is resistant to the insulin I do make. So, the the insulin I do make is not being used. I know it has to do with a certain levels of something in your body too. Just can't remember what it is called at the moment. I'll ask next time I go to the doctor's offfice.
How are your kidney doing now? I have a cousin that is having trouble with his kidneys. At his last doctor's visit ( to a specialist) he told him to eat a lot of celery because it is a natural diuretic. It also help the kidney function more efficiently. The celery gives something back to the kidneys that they are lacking from damage. I guess in a way it rejuvenates them.
The best of life,

jayabee52 2011-05-23 09:01:42 -0500 Report

As far as I know my kidneys are holding their own, Jes, thank you for asking.
I had been eating a lot of celery. But I stopped a while ago as I was under the impression that it was high in postasium which I understood would not be a good thing. I will need to revisit the issue.

As far as I know nothing can rejuvinate the kidneys or push back the progression of the stages.

jayabee52 2011-05-19 07:14:27 -0500 Report

I have CKD, and had been on dialysis for about 10 mos 2006-2007. Fortunately the kidney infection resolved and I now have been off of dialysis since July 2007. I found this document recently about diabetes and kidney disease for a discussion on menus for diabetics and kidney patients. This pdf document may be useful in learning about kidney disease in the diabetic patient: You might want to download this to your computer or even print it for offline use.

One thing is that you do have some control over how quickly your ckd advances through the stages. I try to avoid anything which will raise my Blood Glucose levels and might compromise my kidneys further — like drinking cola drinks or eating high potassium foods.

My last GFR indicated that I was at the borderline between stage 3 and stage 4. I suspect that I may need to start dialysis again sometime soon. I have recently moved back to Las Vegas so I need to re-establish with my former Nephro Dr and get a new GFR, BUN and creatinine done.

I am also having difficulty with my parathyroid levels, which messes up the calcium levels in my body, but that's a whole different discussion.

Blessings to you and yours!


cjh - 18518
cjh - 18518 2011-05-19 10:12:13 -0500 Report

Thank you soooo much James, for that information. I really appreciate it. And good luck to you!!!!

jayabee52 2011-05-19 10:16:57 -0500 Report

There's also a website I could send which has more in depth about a diabetic and renal diet. I didn't want to snow you under with reading. Ask for it should you want it.

Thanks for your kind good wishes.
My prayers are with you too.


edvel54 2011-05-18 23:54:31 -0500 Report

need more information..what are your numbers for
r eGFR? your creatinine in your blood? Your mircoAlbumin? Creatinine in your urine? Alb/ creatinine?

I have type 2..I was told that I had problems with my kidneys,I have tried to keep my BS, along with BP and cholesterol under control..My A1c was 5.9
Then doctor was I had a numbers were hi..He said it could be due to one or more things…I was dehydrated or The metformin I was taking was causing the damage or it was because I had diabetes. I go back in for another test in June. so I am still wondering exactly what is going on. Doc said most times it progresses fairly slow at a steady rate. There are pills you can take to slow it down, but it will not stop it. Sooner or later you go on dialysis or get new kidneys.

cjh - 18518
cjh - 18518 2011-05-19 10:15:28 -0500 Report

My last A1C was 9.2—-I am REALLY struggling with trying to get it under control. I haven't had any Diabetes education for years and years…didn't even have insurance for years and years..BUT…now I do and I see the doc regularly. I am taking education classes next month, I can't wait…

roshy 2011-05-19 16:36:41 -0500 Report


i could relate to your post. Im sorry to hear about your kidney damage. I was wondering if you have futher tests related to your health, such as your eyes?Type ones are supposed to have them checked out every year.

Exercise is brilliant for taking control!! simple things like carb counting, drinking water and ajusting your insulin accordinglly will do wonders!!

Best of luck with your education classes! Diabetes has come soooo far over the past 20 years, im sure youl get an over load of useful information which will help you take better control. Make sure you ask the nurse as many questions as you like!! thats what theyre there for!!

Yours truly


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