November 14, 2013 |
Today marks World Diabetes Day. A long-term complication of diabetes is kidney disease with diabetes being the leading cause of kidney disease in Manitoba. It’s important to manage your diabetes to try and prevent kidney damage.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, high blood glucose levels and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and prevent them from functioning properly or even cause them to fail completely. About one-third of people who have had diabetes for more than 15 years will develop kidney disease, but good diabetes management and regular screening can prevent or delay the loss of kidney function.
If you are diabetic, visit Canadian Diabetes Association’s website to learn more about Diabetes & Kidney Disease.
Talk to your health care provider about your kidney health. For some Manitoba First Nations Communities, MRP is providing kidney screening in partnership with Diabetes Integration Project. Read more about the screening.
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