By Turtle Latest Reply 2011-11-28 09:33:01 -0600
Started 2009-11-20 22:50:18 -0600

Our kidneys are important and as we all know, they can be effected by diabetes. How do we know if we are in danger. I developed a real bad bladder infection after I was attacked last June and it made itself apparent quickly but kidneys can be a little different I think. So what is our first line of defense? How do we know before it is too late that our kidneys need help? I am just wondering.


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Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 09:33:01 -0600 Report

It is scary and people need to know that you could lose 75% of your kidney function before you even know you are in trouble. I am a dialysis tech and I hear all the time that by the time they found out they had a problem, it was too late and they were on dialysis!

High blood pressure and Diabetes are the 2 main factors of ESRD-end stage renal disease. If anyone has either of these, I always stress to them to have their doc's preform blood tests to check their function. It can be done when you have your other blood work done. There are other factors that can effect the kidneys, but these 2 are the top 2.

Doctors are getting better at checking the kidneys, but still not where it should be. Even doctors are just now coming around to how serious this is. If you are not sure, make sure to tell your doctor that you want your kidneys checked. Don't wait until the last minute! And don't just assume your doc is checking this. You would be surprised at how many are not! A sad fact.

Elrond 2009-11-21 00:09:57 -0600 Report

As far as kidneys are concerned, your best friend is your doctor and frequent lab tests. By the time you notice symptoms, your kidneys can be in very bad shape. Of course, it's important for us to control our blood sugar and one reason is to protect our kidneys. When our sugar gets high, the kidneys try to remove the excess sugar by flushing it out through the urine. That's why we pee so much with a high sugar, But it's hard work for the kidneys and all those tiny blood vessles in the kidneys can be damaged by the sugar. Most of us struggle with high sugar at least part of the time but keep fighting the good fight. It's worth the effort. :)

Turtle 2009-11-21 00:20:10 -0600 Report

Hi Elrod, I agree w/ what you are saying and I am familiar w/ your answers to the problem. I just threw it out there for people to think about and hopefully respond…like you did. Thank you so much.

Mart32753 2009-11-21 00:46:13 -0600 Report

There is a very good medicine called Altace (also known a Rampril). Although developed as a blood pressure drug, it also helps protect the kidneys. This pill, plus tight glucose control will be the best defense for your kidneys.

Harlen 2009-11-21 17:45:07 -0600 Report

I can only add this to all the good advice here
I like to drink cranberry juice no suger added
best wishes and Hugs

ugeniac 2011-11-28 08:34:00 -0600 Report

On Thursday I discovered that SILK has even less sugar than Farmland's
SKIM PLUS. Both are about the same price, much more than regular milks.

Even lactose free milk has about the same sugar as Skim Plus or regular milks!
why, I do not know, since lactose is THE sugar of MILK!

ugeniac 2011-11-28 08:36:17 -0600 Report

P.S. I use LOSARTAN instead of Accupril or Enalapril. I also use Januvia at 50 mg., the second? lowest dosage made, for the morning sugar control.

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