It is well known that diabetes as a disease is so harmful for human body that it brings about the downfall of many a vital human organ, kidneys being one of them. Kidney failure is one of the long term complications that can occur if diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. In this article I will tell you how much damage diabetes can cause to your kidneys and what you can do to prevent it.
In order to determine whether you have a kidney problem, I would need to ask you a few questions. Do you feel a burning sensation when urinating? Is the color of your urine cloudy or bloody? Do you urinate frequently and are unable to hold any amount of urine in your bladder? Do you often feel an urgent need to relieve yourself? Have you tested your urine for ketones? Are you suffering from backache, chills, fever etc.? If your answer to all these questions is ‘Yes’ then you might be suffering from the early symptoms of kidney damage. You should call your healthcare provider immediately if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.
The faction of our kidneys is manifold. Kidneys not only help in retaining the right amount of water within our body, it also filters out harmful wastes from our body, forming urea. This urea then passes from our body as urine. Those parts of the kidney that filter out wastes can be damaged y diabetes. When the essential filtering parts of the kidney are damaged beyond repair we term it as kidney failure. Diabetes patients whose kidneys fail generally have two options to go for: either they need their blood to be filtered with the help of a filtering machine (this treatment is known as dialysis) or have a kidney transplant which is more expensive.
Failed kidneys cannot effectively filter out all wastes from our bodies. Most of the wastes products remain and build up within our body.
Obviously, the only way to save your kidneys from such harmful damage is to take control of blood sugar levels. A protein known as glomeruli, which is essential to keep oneself healthy, begins to leak through the damaged parts of the kidney and pass on as urine. As you can see, a damaged kidney is not only unable to filter out most of the waste products from the body, it is also unable to prevent the wastage of valuable proteins such as glomeruli and albumin. It doesn’t get any worse than this!
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