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What is diabetic kidney disease?

Diabetic nephropathy is the kidney disease that occurs as a result of diabetes. Thirty to forty percent of people with diabetes may eventually develop kidney complications.

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5 ways 
you can manage diabetic kidney disease...

It’s easy for you to help your kidneys stay healthy and also reduce further damage if you are already experiencing kidney problems.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is good for your kidneys and it’s good for your heart too. Follow these steps and make sure you’re OK.


Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet and keeping well hydrated can help protect your kidneys and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

What should you eat


Quit smoking

As well as increasing your risk of getting cancer, lung disease, heart disease and stroke, it also makes your kidney problem worse.

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Regular exercise helps lower your blood pressure, manage your weight and keep your heart healthy. This will in turn protect your kidneys.

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Medication compliance

Most people with a kidney problem need to take tablets and your GP will be able to prescribe these. Make sure you keep up to date so that you never run out.

Take care with your tablets


Manage blood pressure 

If you have diabetes you can greatly reduce the risk of your kidney disease becoming worse by keeping your blood glucose levels well-controlled and making sure your blood pressure and cholesterol remain low.

Keep it under control

Dialysis & transplantation

Loss or deterioration of kidney function is often managed by a blood filtering procedure called dialysis. A kidney transplant is the treatment of choice for kidney failure whenever possible.

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Clinical trials

Clinical trials aim to look for better treatments or better ways to prevent or manage a disease. They offer a chance for patients to potentially receive the newest treatments available.

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