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Diabetic Nephropathy

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by Kerr SJ

(Nephropathy, Diabetic; Diabetic Glomerulosclerosis)



Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.
Treatment is aimed at preventing or slowing further kidney damage. It may involve lifestyle changes and medications. Your doctor will also work with you to help control your diabetes and blood pressure. This may help prevent further kidney damage.

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes that will help control your blood sugar and blood pressure include:
Lifestyle changes that will help control your blood sugar and blood pressure include:


Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help control blood sugar. To help control your blood pressure and protect your kidneys, your doctor may prescribe:
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors)
  • Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)

Treatments for Kidney Failure

If the damage to your kidneys progresses to kidney failure, you may need dialysis . Dialysis takes over for your kidneys. Blood passes out of your body into a machine. The machine filters waste out of the blood then pumps blood back to you.
If the kidney failure progresses you may eventually need a kidney transplant .


American Diabetes Association

National Kidney Foundation



Canadian Diabetes Association

The Kidney Foundation of Canada



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