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Diabetes & the Kidneys

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Diabetes can cause chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease may lead to end stage renal failure.


Kidneys act as filters. Blood goes through them every second. If there is a lot of sugar in the blood, the sugar flows through the kidneys along with the blood. Because sugar is a crystal it scratches the blood vessels and can cause damage to the kidneys over time.


The good news is a lot can be done to protect the kidneys from diabetes.



What You Can Do to Prevent Kidney Disease with Diabetes

  • Limit salt in diet (avoid foods high in sodium)

  • Follow diabetic diet recommendations

  • Avoid fried, deli and processed meats

  • Increase physical activity

  • Maintain daily blood sugars at goal levels

  • Stay hydrated

  • Maintain blood pressure at goal levels ( below 140/90 mm Hg for most individuals)

  • Take your medications as prescribed

  • Notify your provider if you feel unwell

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