How Does Diabetes Lead to CKD?
Anyone with diabetes knows the highs and lows of the disease. Even the best controlled diabetics will have the occasional high blood sugar but when there is a lack of control over the disease and high blood sugars are common, it can lead to serious complications. When blood sugars are elevated over a period of time, the increased sugar in the bloodstream will cause damage to the filtering system in the kidneys. CKD is avoidable with diabetes with management and control but once high blood sugars damage the kidneys, the damage is irreversible and you now step into levels of kidney disease. BUT even with a CKD diagnosis, the progression of kidney disease is manageable and you can slow the progression of the disease.
There are two very important keys here.
1. PREVENTION - Having controlled blood sugars and staying on top of your diabetes by going to the doctor and getting your routine labs will make all the difference with preventing CKD and other diabetes related complications.
2. TREATMENT - Once you have been told you have Kidney Disease, do not hide from it. It will not go away and unlike your diabetes diagnosis, it is not forgiving. CKD progression when left unmonitored and with continued elevated blood sugars, this disease moves very quickly. You can go from level 2 CKD to dialysis within a few years.
Where We Need Help
Education: Diabetes is a hard condition to manage and without strict blood sugar management over time the body gets used to the high blood sugars and the person feels fine. Trying to manage the diabetes and get it, "under control" can make a person feel ill as their levels regulate and for these reasons, high blood sugar is not uncommon with diabetes. Reaching out to those with TYPE 1 and TYPE 2 diabetes at the onset of their diagnosis and educating them about the importance of blood sugar control. Also relaying the message that fellow diabetics have lived through, it can happen to you and at a much younger age than most would imagine.
There are many wonderful organizations that have juvenile and type 2 diabetes research covered and we support those established organizations. Our goal is to research new drugs and treatments for CKD with the goal of slowing the progression of the disease. With funds raised through this website and other GKH outreach, we invest in the research departments that focus on education, and researching cutting edge technologies and medicine to treat kidney disease. We also educate the public in new diet ideas that are more fit for a realistic lifestyle, and the breakthroughs in medical advancement in the treatment of CKD. If you would like to share your story of living with CKD caused by diabetes and how it has affected you, please contact us.
"30% of type 1 diabetics and up to 40% of type 2 diabetics are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease"
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