Avoiding Complications From
Diabetes And Kidney Disease
For Your Diabetic Health
Diabetes and kidney disease, also known as nephropathy, is the inability of your kidneys to handle their job of cleansing the blood of impurities and excess wastes known as urea and phosphates (two common proteins which are produced during digestion), then releasing this sludge into the urine stream. A continuous build-up of the various toxins in the bloodstream is evident as small amounts of proteins (albumin) start to leak into the urine. More and more build-up of wastes ultimately will lead to poor diabetic health and end stage kidney disease or more commonly called renal failure.
Another complication evident after diabetes and kidney disease starts its downhill slide in your body, the kidneys are also responsible for capturing many of the valuable nutrients we use daily in our bloodstream. Because of decreased efficiency, the tiny capillaries surrounding the kidneys vital to natural blood flow also can not differentiate the wastes from the nutrients so the valuable vitamins and minerals end up being flushed from your system.
Prevention Of Kidney Disease
The standard treatment for the early stages
of kidney disease is a 3-fold process to try and bring the condition under control:
- a tight schedule of glucose control (because it allows less toxins in the bloodstream)
- reduce your blood pressure levels
- always try to follow a healthy eating plan which will be worked out between you and a dietitian. The aim is to drastically reduce all protein sources from your diet. This includes most sources of meats, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. (Among this list, the plant sources, such as nuts and beans, are easier to digest, therefore not as important to curtail excessive use. Care absolutely must be taken though with processed meats, hot dogs, sausages and any type of cured meats).
Also very important for many people is watching their excessive consumption of potassium-rich foods. Trying to stay at a level of less than 200mg per serving on any food needs to be covered with your dietitian. Often though you will find berries, cherries, red grapes, plums, red cabbage, red bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, asparagus and kale can be left safely in your diet on a daily basis.
Because of the length of this list though, a consultation is necessary with the dietitian to guarantee you will be receiving all the necessary vitamins and minerals so your body can slow down the natural progression of increasing further kidney disease complications.
So while diabetes and kidney disease is a whole host of problems stacked into one package, some common sense safety measures practiced during the early stages of diabetes can actually prevent this condition. Self-motivation is the factor to allow good at-home care to ensure your better future diabetic health.*Disclaimer*
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