At what point do I need to see a kidney doctor? I am a type 2 diabetic with leanings towards type 1. Both my parents were diabetics, dad was type 1 and mom was type 2. I have been diabetic nearly 20 years and have recently been told I have stage three kidney disease.

Dr. David Erani


If you have not seen a nephrologist (kidney doctor) yet, it would be appropriate for you to do so. A nephrologist could evaluate the risk of progression of your kidney disease and also look for causes of renal disease other than diabetes. Sometimes a reversible cause can be identified. It is also very important to control your blood pressure and cholesterol to minimize your cardiovascular risk. You said, ‘I am a type 2 diabetic with leanings towards type 1.” While the insulin-producing beta cells tend to fail over time in type 2 diabetes, type 2 diabetes does not turn into type 1 diabetes. Whatever type of diabetes you have, you can help yourself to stay healthy by keeping your diabetes under control.

February 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm