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Finding out that your kidneys have been damaged can be very distressing. It may have taken you by surprise, since damage to kidneys usually does not cause symptoms early on. It is normal to feel upset and afraid.
Having diabetic nephropathy means that for some time you have had high blood sugar, which damages the kidneys. Healthy kidneys keep protein in your blood, where it belongs. Damaged kidneys do not work the way they should. Your kidneys are allowing protein to pass into your urine. Sometimes diabetic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure.
Your doctor will tell you how you might be able to slow damage to your kidneys. In many cases, prompt and regular treatment can prevent kidney failure. You will need to take medicine and may need to make a number of changes in your normal routines. If you can keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control and take certain medicines, you may reduce your chance of kidney failure.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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