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When you have diabetes, your body cannot make enough insulin or cannot use it properly. Your body needs insulin to help sugar move from the blood to the cells. Without insulin, your blood sugar gets too high.
High blood sugar damages your kidneys. This makes it harder for your kidneys to filter blood. Your body will begin to retain fluids, and waste products will build up in your blood.
If you have diabetes, it is very important to keep your blood sugar in your target range. There are many steps you can take to control your blood sugar. By controlling your blood sugar, you have the best chance to slow or stop damage to your kidneys.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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