Kidney disease (Nephropathy) and diabetes are strongly tied to each other because the chances are if you have one illness you will eventually get the other. High blood glucose levels make the kidney filter too much blood which causes kidney damage leading to this illness. However not everyone with diabetes gets kidney disease many variables can add to the development of the disease such as genetic and blood pressure. Diabetic kidney disease can easily be prevented just by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis.
There are numerous steps that help treat kidney disease, reduce high blood pressure in the body by avoiding foods with high salt content and take blood pressure medicine as prescribed by your physician. Consuming proper amounts of protein can help reduce the workload of your kidneys and helps in protein absorption. Another way to prevent nephropathy or alleviate its symptoms is by regulating blood sugar levels which in turn help those who are diabetic. These are some steps you can take: Eat 3 meals a day, use sugar substitutes in your recipes, get regular exercise, and consult a professional to plan a proper diet.
Those with advanced kidney disease may need to place the following restrictions to limit damage caused to the organ.
- Excess potassium can no longer be filtered out by your kidneys which will require you to limit potassium intake in foods.
- Kidneys can no longer keep a balance between phosphorus and calcium in your body, so please limit phosphorus intake.
- While protein is required in your diet too much can be a bad thing leading to a buildup of protein waste which causes further damages your kidneys.
- As stated before limit sodium intake to control blood pressure in your body.
- Keep control of saturated fat intake as both kidney disease and cardiovascular disease have a strong connection with each other.
- Have a good count on carbohydrate consumption to keep blood sugar levels within normal range.
If kidney disease is found early in the body it will lower the restrictions on your diet and may reduce additional complications from the illness. Please consult your nutritionist before making any changes to your diet if not properly taken care of kidney disease can lead to kidney failure.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.