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How many people with diabetes have problems with their kidneys?

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About one-third of people with diabetes have problems with their kidneys, but early and tight control of your blood sugar and blood pressure, plus help from certain medications, can keep these organs working like they should

. To check for problems, your doctor can do a test that measures the amount of protein in your urine, called microalbuminuria. It shows up when small amounts of albumin (the main protein in your blood) seep into your pee. Without treatment to slow the leak, your kidneys could be damaged and eventually fail.

SOURCES: 

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Checking for Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)."

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

SOURCES: 

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Checking for Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)."

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

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