Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Keep Prevent Your Diabetes Kidney Problems

  • Keep your blood glucose as close to your goal as possible. For many people, this level is as close to normal as possible. For others, a goal of high blood glucose may be better. Ask your doctor what blood glucose numbers are healthy for you.

  • Keep your blood pressure below 130/80 to help prevent kidney damage. Blood pressure is expressed as two numbers separated by a slash. For example, 120/70 is said as "120 over 70."

  • For some people, high blood pressure goal can be better. Ask your doctor what is best for you. If you take blood pressure pills every day, take them as directed by your doctor. Keeping blood pressure under control also delay or prevent damage to the eyes, heart and blood vessels.

  • Ask your doctor about taking pills to slow down kidney damage. Two types are available:
  1. ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor
  2. ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker)

  • Follow the healthy eating plan with your doctor or dietitian. If you already have kidney problems, your dietitian may suggest that you eat less protein, especially animal products like meat, milk, cheese and eggs.

  • They have their kidneys checked at least once a year to have a urine test for protein. This test is called albumin in the urine.

  • Have your blood at least once a year for creatinine. The result of this test should be used to find the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), a measure of kidney function.

  • Kidney exams that your doctor thinks you need.

  • Avoid taking painkillers regularly. Daily use of pills like aspirin or acetaminophen can damage the kidneys. Take a single dose of aspirin every day to protect the heart, however, should be safe. Take acetaminophen for pain from time to time must also be safe. But if it is chronic pain such as arthritis, work with your doctor to find a way to control pain without putting your kidneys at risk.

  • See a doctor immediately for bladder or kidney infections. You may have an infection if you have these symptoms:
  1. pain or burning when urinating
  2. frequent urge to go to the bathroom
  3. urine that looks cloudy or reddish
  4. fever or feeling shaky
  5. pain in the back or side below the ribs

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