July 13, 2020
Diabetes and chronic kidney disease: What you need to know
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should.
By Betsy Rodríguez
Your kidneys, each just the size of a computer mouse, filter all the blood in your body every 30 minutes. They work hard to remove wastes, toxins, and excess fluid. They also help control blood pressure, stimulate production of red blood cells, keep your bones healthy, and regulate blood chemicals that are essential to life.
Kidneys that function properly are critical for maintaining good health. However, more than one in seven American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
CKD is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should. Because of this, excess fluid and waste from blood remain in the body and may cause other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.
Some other health consequences of CKD include:
Over 1 in 7 American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD)
CKD has varying levels of seriousness. It usually gets worse over time although treatment has been shown to slow progression. If left untreated, CKD can progress to kidney failure and early cardiovascular disease. When kidney damage is severe and kidney function is very low, dialysis or kidney transplant is needed for survival. Kidney failure treated with dialysis or kidney transplant is called end-stage kidney disease.
Not all people with kidney disease progress to kidney failure. To help prevent CKD and lower the risk for kidney failure, it is important to control risk factors for CKD, get tested yearly, make lifestyle changes, take medicine as needed, and see your health care team regularly.
Yes, diabetes is one of the risk factors. But we have good news! Take note of the following kidney-friendly tips; they can make a difference in your life:
It is important to control the risk factors, get tested yearly, make lifestyle changes, take medicine as needed, and see your health care team regularly.
You can learn more at the following links:
Learn about the Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative
*SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes.
Betsy Rodríguez, RN, MSN, DE is a nurse, diabetes educator, national and international speaker on diabetes-related topics, bicultural specialist in health communication strategies, and author. She presently serves as a Senior Public Health Advisor in the Translation Health Education and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also a member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices network.