And there are other steps
you can take. For example:
Work with your doctor to keep your blood
pressure down, usually below 130/80.
Work with your doctor to
keep your cholesterol level as close to a healthy level as you can. You may need to take
medicines for this.
Keep your heart healthy by eating a low-fat
diet and exercising regularly. Preventing heart disease is important, because
people with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to die of heart and blood
vessel diseases. And people with kidney disease are at an even higher risk for
Watch how much protein you eat. Eating too much is
hard on your kidneys. If diabetes has affected your kidneys, limiting how much
protein you eat may help you preserve kidney function. Talk to your doctor or
dietitian about how much protein is best for you.
Watch how much salt you eat. Eating less salt helps keep high
blood pressure from getting worse.
Don't smoke or use other
How can diabetic nephropathy be prevented?
best way to prevent kidney damage is to keep your blood sugar in your target range and your blood pressure at a target of less than 130/80 mm Hg. You do this by staying at a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and
taking your medicines as directed.
At the first sign of protein in
your urine, you can take high blood pressure medicines to keep kidney damage
from getting worse.
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Your level is currently
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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