There are no symptoms in the early stages of
diabetic nephropathy. The only sign of kidney damage
may be small amounts of protein leaking into the urine (microalbuminuria).
Normally, protein is not found in urine except during periods of high fever,
strenuous exercise, pregnancy, or infection.
In people with
type 1 diabetes, diabetic nephropathy usually develops
5 to 10 years after the onset of diabetes. People with
type 2 diabetes may find out that they already have a
small amount of protein in the urine (microalbuminuria) at the time diabetes is
diagnosed, because they may have had diabetes for several years.
People with diabetes are often more motivated than most to cook healthful
dinners at home. That's because, when you do, you have full control over the
foods served and what ingredients go into them. As a result, it's easier to
keep track of how closely the grams of carbohydrate you eat match the amount
prescribed by your doctor or dietitian. But the fact you have diabetes doesn't
mean you aren't busy with other things when it's time to put that dinner
together. Here are 13 tips you can use...
As diabetic nephropathy progresses, your kidneys cannot do their job as well.
Your kidneys cannot clear toxins or drugs from your body as well. And your
kidneys cannot balance the chemicals in your blood very well. You may:
Lose more protein in your urine (macroalbuminuria, also known as
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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