Diabetes and it's Effects on Kidneys
Diabetes and Its Ill Effects on Kidneys

Diabetes Mellitus which is popularly known as Diabetes is a disease in which the human body cannot produce enough insulin or cannot utilize the amount of insulin properly. Since insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood, insufficient insulin production leads to an increase and decrease of sugar levels which gives rise to many problems and affects almost all the parts in some or the other way. The most affected part of the body due to the increased sugar levels is the Kidney and if you go to Dialysis Center in Nairobi Kenya, you will find 90% of the kidney patients are diabetic as well.

Types of Diabetes

Types of Diabetes

All diseases have different types and Diabetes are of two types as well namely Type I and Type II. Type I diabetes occurs usually in children and even to the newly born sometimes. In these types of diabetes, the pancreas in the body cannot form insulin at all and you have to take insulin injections for the rest of your life.

Type II diabetes occurs above the age of 40 and is considered as less serious to health in comparison to Type I. In this type, the pancreas forms insulin but not enough to properly regulate your sugar level or the insulin formed cannot be used by the body to its fullest. The high sugar level in Type II can be controlled following a proper diet or medication

Effect of Diabetes to Kidneys

Effect of Diabetes to Kidneys

Uncontrolled sugar level in the body damages the small blood vessels in the body and when the blood vessels in the kidney are injured, the kidneys are not able to purify the blood properly which is its main function. The impure materials in your body will start to accumulate resulting in weight gain and swelling in the ankle which is a sign that your kidneys are getting damaged. When kidneys are damaged, you are not able to empty your bladder and the remaining urine in your bladder will cause infection due to high bacteria concentration and sugar levels. Dialysis in Kenya is a costly treatment but if you are medically insured, you must not worry about medical expenses

Is It Possible to Live on Dialysis With Diabetes?

As discussed, high sugar level damages the kidneys and when the kidneys are not able to function at 10-15% of its actual work, a process called dialysis is performed which purifies the impure blood in your body. Before deciding to transplant the kidneys, doctors in Renal Unit Kenya will perform dialysis to see how long a patient can survive with dialysis. It is possible for a diabetes patient to live on a dialysis and that depends on how more or less the kidneys are damaged.

Early Signs of Kidney Disease in Diabetes Patients

The first sign of diabetic kidney disease is the excretion of albumin in the urine. People with diabetes must take this test every year so that these symptoms can be identified in the early stages and treated. The physical symptoms that you must notice are the swelling of the ankle, frequent urination at night and uncontrolled sugar levels. You must always keep a check on your sugar levels to avoid any possible kidney diseases

Why Choose Nephromed?

  • NephroMed is an affordable dialysis center in Kenya. It offers support services like laboratory tests, pharmacy, ultrasound etc. and are very affordable, even to the patients paying out of pocket.
  • NephroMed is a premier In-Centre Hemodialysis (Renal Units in Kenya & Dialysis).
  • Nephromed is an NHIF accredited center under national scheme and specialized managed schemes for civil servants in Kenya. We are also accredited for our patient clinics for civil servants such as National Police Services.



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