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November 2015 | News


Sometimes people think if they have diabetes that dialysis is inevitable. This is not true. There are ways to help keep your kidneys healthy longer.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY KIDNEY DISEASE WITH DIABETES?

  • Maintain good blood sugar control
  • Measure and record your blood sugar levels in a log book
  • Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG) should be between 4 – 7 mmol/L and 2 hours after eating (postprandial) between 5 – 10 mmol/L
  • Have your A1C checked every 3 months (Goal: less than 7.0, less than 6.0 is ideal)
  • Eat healthy
  • Know your blood pressure (target less than 130/80) and try to keep it within a target range that you discuss with your healthcare provider
  • Keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range (Ask your doctor what your target range should be)
  • Stop smoking
  • Become physically active
  • Minimize the amount of alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Control your stress level
  • Watch for symptoms of infection such as urinary tract infections or wounds that won’t heal after two days
  • Take your medication as prescribed

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