Some of the symptoms here can be indicative of kidney failure (like edema). Hence, if you experience some of them, please contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Is Renal Disease Secondary To Diabetes Reversible?
Is diabetic nephropathy reversible? Initially, experts thought it wasn’t. But there are reports saying that it can be reversed if detected and managed early on.
But, what does this intervention look like? The key, besides early detection, is strict sugar control.
In a study, almost 50% of people with protein leakage in the urine (indicative of kidney damage) got better when they controlled their blood sugar level with insulin injections, had low blood pressure, and low levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
But, of course, these strategies might no longer work if your kidneys already sustained extensive damage.
Healthy Lifestyle to Manage Diabetic Nephropathy
In most cases, you’ll most definitely need medicines to address diabetes and other issues related to it. However, please don’t forget that a healthy lifestyle is just as important.
To take care of your kidneys:
- Quit or avoid smoking
- Get in touch with a dietitian to develop a healthy diet that takes your preference into account. That way, you are less likely to “quit the diet.”
- Perform appropriate physical activity as advised by your doctor.
- Work with your doctor to achieve a healthy weight.
- Strive to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Renal disease secondary to diabetes occurs primarily due to poor blood sugar control. Early in the disease progression, it may not produce signs and symptoms, that’s why it’s important to have your kidneys tested. With early detection and intervention, it might be possible to reverse diabetic nephropathy.
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