Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Diabetes Health Center

Font Size

Diabetes Patients: Fish May Help Kidneys

Study Shows Eating Fish Can Lower a Protein Indicator of Kidney Disease

Which Types of Fish Protect the Kidneys? continued...

"We included all types of preparation [of fish] in this study. However, we did not find any difference in risk between oily fish or fried fish, such as fish and chips. There is a possibility that our study would have to be bigger to find differences between types of fish," Adler says.

Leslie Spry, MD, a kidney specialist in Lincoln, Neb., who serves as a National Kidney Foundation spokesman, says he typically doesn't tell patients to eat more fish but recommends fish oil supplements to control triglycerides (blood fats).

"This is the first study that has translated it into a dietary recommendation," Spry says, adding that he'd like to see a broad study of people with diabetes that attempts to find a link between fish and fish-oil consumption and reduced protein levels in the urine.

"The next study that ought to be done is to take a group of [people with diabetes] and randomize some of them to take high fish intake and some to take low fish intake and compare," he says. "I was kind of struck by their selection methods, that [participants] could eat any old kind of fish. This study suggested you could. I wouldn't tell my patients to go to a fast-food place and eat fish sticks, but this study seems to say it's OK."

1|2

Is This Normal? Get the Facts Fast!

Check Your Blood Sugar Level Now
What type of diabetes do you have?
Your gender:

Get the latest Diabetes newsletter delivered to your inbox!


or
Answer:
Low
0-69
Normal
70-130
High
131+

Your level is currently

If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Did You Know Your Lifestyle Choices
Affect Your Blood Sugar?

Use the Blood Glucose Tracker to monitor
how well you manage your blood sugar over time.

Get Started

This tool is not intended for women who are pregnant.

Start Over

Step:  of 

Today on WebMD

Diabetic tools
Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
woman flexing muscles
10 strength training exercises.
 
Blood sugar test
12 practical tips.
Tom Hanks
Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
 
Woman serving fast food from window
Video
Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
Video
 
Middle aged person
Tool
are battery operated toothbrushes really better
Video
 

Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Article
type 2 diabetes
Slideshow
 
food fitness planner
Tool
Are You at Risk for Dupuytrens Contracture
Article