If you are a patient who lives with diabetes, test yourself to see if you know the answers to any of these questions.
- What is diabetes?
- What are the causes of diabetes?
- How does diabetes affect my kidneys?
- What other health risks associated with diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, which is used to help break down sugars in the body for use as energy. Diabetes can cause health conditions such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputations.
Obesity, family history, lack of exercise and ethnic background can increase your risk for diabetes. Diabetes, also known as High Blood Sugar, can overwork the kidneys, and ultimately damage them. After years, the kidneys start leaking small amounts of protein (albumin) into the urine, which indicates that the kidneys are damaged. Not everyone with diabetes develops kidney disease. The better a person keeps diabetes under control, the lower the chance of getting kidney disease. Our CKS team can help you succeed at your goal of managing your diabetes