Why Diabetes Is A Major Risk Factor for Kidney Disease

According to kidney specialists in Kenya, diabetes patients are more likely to develop kidney diseases. Not every diabetic patient will develop kidney issues. But, if you have diabetes, knowing everything about how it can affect your body is important. Here is all you need to know. 

Diabetic Kidney Disease 

  • People with diabetes have high blood pressure and high sugar levels
  • Kidneys clean the blood to get rid of waste and control its flyaway. When you have diabetes, it puts extra pressure on your kidneys and that can lead to diabetic kidney disease. 

How Does Diabetes Affect The Kidneys?

  • Diabetes causes increased blood sugar levels. 
  • The increased blood sugar damages small blood vessels.
  • Damaged blood vessels affect the cleaning process of kidneys.
  • The waste remains in the blood and that can lead to kidney failures. 

What Percent Of Diabetic Patients Develop Kidney Disease?

Depending on the type of diabetes one has, the ratio of people developing kidney disease due to diabetes is:

  • About 30% of people with type 1 diseases are found to be at risk of kidney diseases 
  • 10-40% of people with type 2 diabetes might develop kidney diseases in the future.
  • Taking a general view, we can see nearly 1 out of three people with diabetes are at risk of kidney diseases. 

Early Signs Of Kidney Disease In Diabetic Patients 

  • Urine contains increased albumin
  • Weight gain 
  • Ankle swelling
  • Increased urge to urinate at night. 
  • Extremely high blood pressure. 

How Can I Prevent Kidney Diseases If I Have Diabetes?

The only way to prevent your diabetes from affecting your kidneys is a healthy lifestyle.

  • Keep getting tested regularly. 
  • Keep your blood sugar and blood pressure in control.
  • Eat healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Take your medicines on time and follow your doctor’s advice. 

Kidney diseases are difficult to manage and it gets worse when your kidneys fail. Kidney failures require either transplant or a regular visit to dialysis center at least 3 times a week. Listen to your doctor’s advice to prevent the disease from affecting your overall health. 

Why Choose Nephromed Dialysis Center?

  • NephroMed is an affordable dialysis center in Nairobi, 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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