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Diabetes Freedom

by Alisa Princy (2020-04-03)

Diabetics are much more Diabetes Freedom Review prone to infections. Hopefully, you'll be able to use these tips to prevent your cold and flu becoming serious and recover faster. Now you've read our article on diabetes and colds & flu we would recommend you read our article on What is diabetes?. There is plenty of useful knowledge in the article. In previous articles we've talked about how high blood glucose can affect the eyes, feet and blood pressure. In this article we will focus on how high blood glucose damages the kidneys and what you can do to prevent this damage. Persistently high blood glucose (sugar) can damage the kidneys and lead to a condition called nephropathy. About a quarter of people with diabetes may develop nephropathy. If detected early, the condition can be treated successfully. What causes Diabetic Nephropathy? The kidney is effectively one large filter for the body and has the job of removing waste products from the blood. As blood flows through the blood vessels within the kidneys, waste products filter out through small holes in the blood vessels. The waste becomes a part of the urine. Useful substances such as protein are too big to filter through and thus stay in the blood. High blood glucose levels (sugar) lead to the kidneys filtering too much blood. The result of this is that the blood vessels walls become thickened and form leaks. The kidneys are unable to filter waste products out of the blood into the urine properly and useful substances such as protein are lost in the urine. Symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy There are no obvious symptoms of nephropathy in the early stages. This makes regular testing very important to detect the condition. If left untreated, the body will lose a lot of protein in the urine and this can lead to water retention or oedema, especially around the ankles. Eventually the condition may result in the kidneys being unable to remove waste products from the body. In such a situation you would need dialysis or a transplant. Testing for nephropathy can often be done using a urine dipstick such as Albustix, which will show if there is any protein present in the urine.