Diabetic Nephropathy is a decrease in kidney function over time as a result of structural changes to the kidneys due to diabetes. It is one the leading causes of CKD and ESRD in the United States.
The kidneys help control the amount of fluids and salts in the body, which are essential for controlling blood pressure and maintaining heart health. When a person has diabetes, even if they have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, their body cannot use or produce insulin. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes later in life. Diabetes causes high blood sugar levels. Over time, these high glucose levels can damage various parts of the body, including the heart system and kidneys. Kidney damage is called diabetic nephropathy.
Diabetic nephropathy is a reliable cause of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In ESRD, the kidneys no longer work well to meet the needs of daily life. ESRD can lead to kidney failure, which can have life-threatening consequences. Our CKS Nephrologists will work with our patients and their families to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes dietary counseling, exercise and medication to improve blood sugar control.
Get Diabetic nephropathy treatment at our San Dimas, Covina, Pesadana, Upland & Ontario Clinics. Please call to make an appointment : California Kidney Specialists