About 1 out of every 3 adults living with diabetes will develop diabetic kidney disease in their lifetime. When your kidneys become damaged they are unable to do their main job of filtering waste and extra water out of your bloodstream to create urine—this will cause the waste to begin building up slowly over years (as in most cases with diabetes) but there are steps you can take to both protect, prevent, and delay kidney damage!
In order to keep your kidneys healthy while having diabetes you definitely want to make sure you’re hitting your daily goals for your blood glucose levels, as well as your blood pressure! Taking your medication as directed and developing healthy lifestyle habits are certainly a good way to do this as well as—
- As always, STOP smoking!
- Get ample sleep (about 7-8 hours a night)
- Come up with a healthy meal plan & limit sodium
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Incorporate physical activity 3-5 times a week
Taking these steps and staying on track are a sure fire way to slow or even prevent the damage to your kidneys that diabetes can cause. If you are ever concerned about diabetic kidney disease always consult your doctor to assess the best course of action specifically for you!