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Protect Your Kidneys

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening complication of Type 1 diabetes. If a person takes in a large amount of salt (sodium) in their diet, they become thirsty and may drink more fluid. Blood in the urine does not mean you have bladder cancer, and in most cases it won’t be, however, if you notice blood in your urine do not ignore it and make sure you mention the symptom to your doctor. The blood may be visible or in such small quantities that it can’t be seen with the naked eye. In the patients with micro- and macro-albuminuria, the ACR after 3 months significantly decreased compared with the baseline (P = 0.04 and P = 0.02, respectively). This, however, does not make it possible to distinguish glucose from other hexoses (such as fructose or galactose) or from pentoses and from such substances as glyceraldehyde. You may notice that there is bright red blood in your urine, or your urine may appear reddish or brownish.

Blood sugar that is too low will cause disorientation, loss of consciousness, seizures, Diabetic coma and, if unrecognised or untreated- death. CKD can lead to kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or stage 5 CKD. No study assessed prevention of diabetic ketoacidosis. When one eats food with potassium in it, the kidneys work to keep a normal level of potassium in the blood. Early CKD has no signs or symptoms. Blood can appear to be in the urine when it’s really coming from the vagina in women, the ejaculate in men, or from a bowel movement in either men or women. CKD tends to get worse over time.


CKD can be treated (the earlier treatment starts the better). Long-distance runners seem to be the most susceptible group but other athletes can be affected. To better manage their diabetes, type one patients need comprehensive information about the way their body’s blood glucose levels trend. This year’s theme—Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It!—focuses global attention on preventing, identifying, and managing childhood kidney diseases. Waste products are formed from the breakdown of the protein contained in foods and from normal muscle activity. During this month and all year long, remember to take care of your hard-working kidneys and they’ll help take care of you.

These are crystals that form from the minerals in your urine. Approximately 1 out of 3 adults with diabetes and 1 out of 5 adults with high blood pressure have CKD. Also, the number of young people with type 2 diabetes is increasing; having diabetes for a longer time means more time to develop diabetes complications, including CKD. Diabetes is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), accounting for nearly 44% of new cases. Most parents of young children are unable to work full time as they have to manage their young childs’ illness and with the added cost of insulin, private health insurance, pump consumables, meters, Hypo treatments, glucagon, Blood Glucose/urine test strips and also time off work, this can become very costly and a huge burden on the average household of a Type 1 Diabetic. Hispanics are about 50% more likely to develop ESRD than non-Hispanics. And there’s a gender gap: Men are approximately 60% more likely than women to progress to ESRD.

When the kidneys are not working, fewer red blood cells are made, which is a cause of anemia. Regular testing is your best chance for catching CKD early if you do develop it. A diseased or inflamed kidney can cause hematuria. Your treatment and management plan may include taking medications and making lifestyle changes—including choosing healthy foods and getting physically active—as well as working to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure numbers as close to target as you can. With prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes puts people at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. If you have prediabetes, preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes can also help prevent kidney disease.

Visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org to find out your prediabetes risk. The website features a short quiz, lifestyle tips, and links to prevention programs across the country that are recognized by CDC as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. They release hormones that help to regulate growth and blood pressure, and they help to keep your bones healthy. The CKD Surveillance System documents and monitors CKD and its risk factors in the United States and tracks progress in CKD prevention, detection, and management.

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