kidneys

hoptown
By hoptown Latest Reply 2010-11-04 08:40:16 -0500
Started 2010-11-03 13:08:49 -0500

There's a lot of stuff about diabetes itself, but I haven't been able to find discussion of kidney treatment per se. Seems to me that there should be heavy research on treatment, care and curing of kidneys, something comparable to the current emphasis on heart disease.

After all, if kidneys are functioning properly there would be no diabetes - would there?


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Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-11-04 08:40:16 -0500 Report

They are very important, but don't control your diabetes in anyway that I am aware of. They are a concern to most diabetic because prolonged high sugar levels in your blood can cause damage to the kidneys.
Here are some other discussions about kidneys
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=kidneys&by=relevancy
And here are some news articles about them as well.
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles?query=kidneys&by=relevancy
Here are some videos you can also watch
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos?query=kidneys&by=relevancy

We do need to take care of them. Make sure your doctor is checking them when he does your other lab work. Early detection of trouble will help keep them healthier and functioning longer.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-11-03 15:35:19 -0500 Report

Maybe it should be if the pancreas were functioning properly, there would be no diabetes.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-11-03 15:32:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Hoptown, welcome to DC!

Actually it's the other way around.

Rather than kidney problems causing diabetes ("DM") DM is one of the 2 major causes of kidney problems. I had been on dialysis myself. The two major causes of dialysis is uncontrolled DM and uncontrolled high blood pressure (fortunately for me I my kidneys shut down due to an infection which resolved over the course of several months - my kidneys are still weak and I have to be careful so I don't have to go back to dialysis).

There is research on kidney issues quietly happening.

I noted in your profile you mention no health conditions other than DMt2. Are you having problems with your kidneys?

May God's richest blessings be to you and yours

James

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-11-03 13:23:55 -0500 Report

Not sure I understand. Kidney have nothing to do with diabetes other then the fact that uncontrolled blood sugar will damage them and certain diabetic medications can damage them or cause problems if they are already damaged.

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