1/3rd Of Diabetes Develop Chronic Kidney Disease #WorldDiabetesDay

With 347M diabetics worldwide and another 79M in the US alone with pre-diabetes, we hear a lot about this condition, and its cost impact. But, I’m always surprised that there’s not more focus on the fact that 1/3rd of diabetics will develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). CKD is a progressive condition for most patients where they eventually end up on dialysis which is very expensive and has a significant impact on patient’s quality of life.

So what can diabetics do to avoid developing CKD:

  • Control your blood sugar level
  • Keep blood pressure under control
  • Check your blood pressure as often as your doctor recommends
  • Ask your doctor to test you for kidney disease at least once each year
  • Take medicines to help control your blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure if your doctor orders them for you
  • Follow your diet for diabetes
  • Get regular exercise
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Do not smoke
  • See your doctor as often as you are told
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