Did you know uncontrolled diabetes is the leading causes of kidney disease? In fact, 1 out of 3 people with diabetes will develop kidney disease. When blood sugar remains high over a long period of time, it damages the small blood vessels in kidneys. The lack of blood supply to the kidneys causes permanent damage.
Five ways to help prevent kidney damage when you have diabetes:
1. Keep your blood sugar in check
Test your blood sugar regularly. Take all your diabetes medications consistently and as prescribed. If you are uncertain of your prescription or are still not meeting your target goals, contact your healthcare team.
2. Avoid high blood pressure.
If you are on blood pressure medications, take only as prescribed by your healthcare professional. Adopt these healthy habits for prevention: cut back on sodium in your diet – the American Heart Association recommends 2000mg per day, manage stress with using meditation techniques, yoga, or exercise, and make sure you are getting enough sleep.
3. Get moving and keep moving
In addition to aiding in reducing insulin resistance; exercise can also help preserve kidney health by improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen in case of any restrictions you may require.
4. Stick to a healthy eating pattern
Fresher is better. Choose fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and heart healthy fats low in saturated fat. Keep your carbohydrates consistent at meals and limit sugary foods and beverages. Avoid processed foods, enhanced meats, and fast food, which are high in sodium and can contain added phosphates that may be detrimental to your heart and kidney health.
5. Make sure you have an open dialogue with your healthcare provider
Attend all your appointments made with your healthcare team. Talk with your provider about all prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking. If you already have kidney damage, some over the counter medications and supplements can further harm your kidneys.
Diabetes is very manageable. Steps like these keep your whole body healthy and are the key to preventing complications. Take control of your diabetes, and it will not control your life!