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What are the risks of one developing kidney disease due to diabetes? how to identify if there is a problem?

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posted Aug 3, 2016 by anonymous

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Kidney disease due to Diabetes is seen in at least 30% of the people suffering from Diabetes. Not everyone who has Diabetes would face kidney failure or severe kidney disease. Below are some of the risks of developing kidney disease due to Diabetes (Nephropathy)


1. Race - Asians and Africans have higher susceptibility towards developing kidney disease due to diabetes.

2. Hypertension - After being diagnosed of Diabetes, if the Blood Pressure levels are not maintained normal, there is a very high probability that kidneys might be affected. The reasons are, one - Increased levels of toxins in the body, two- increased levels of glucose which cause cell and nerve damage.

3. Fluctuating sugar levels - If the sugar levels are not maintained within optimal limits, one will be at a high risk of developing kidney disease. IHbA1C values are more than 11 are the highest threshold.

Symptoms -

Kidney disease in Type 1 patients begin rarely in the first 5-10 years, but in type 2 the damage might be quick and go unnoticed. If any below symptoms are observed in the diabetic patient, a quick visit to the doctor is advisable-

  1. Swelling of organs, starting from legs, hands and then spreading throughout the body
  2. Weakness
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  5. Nausea
  6. Dry skin and itching
answer Aug 3, 2016 by Kiran