Here's How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys

Are you concerned that you may have diabetes, or worried about how your diagnosis might affect other aspects of your health? You’re not alone – millions of people in the United States are diabetic, which means their bodies have difficulty processing glucose, just like yours does. One particular concern for diabetics is how the condition affects kidney health.

At Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center, located in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Andrea Hayes is an experienced endocrinologist who knows diabetes well because she, too, has the condition. Using the most advanced treatment options available, Dr. Hayes can help you manage your diabetes and protect your kidneys, using the same treatments she, herself, benefits from.

Diabetes affects your metabolic system

Diabetes occurs when your body can’t make enough insulin (type 1) or stops functioning properly (type 2). Insulin is important because it helps convert sugar into energy, which everyone needs to accomplish daily tasks.

Diabetics often have high glucose and blood sugar levels, which is harmful to your health. Your body takes in glucose from food and beverages, as well as converts starches and complex carbohydrates into sugars. Too much ingestion and/or too much conversion can produce problems for your body.

How diabetes affects the kidneys

Roughly 25% of adults with diabetes have kidney problems. In fact, diabetes is one of the major causes of kidney disease – but it doesn’t have to be.

Your kidneys filter waste and excess water from your blood, which is how your body makes urine. Kidneys also control your blood pressure and make hormones – both of which are essential to being healthy. But damaged kidneys can’t filter blood as effectively. This can cause a build-up of waste that can’t leave your body, which can lead to other health complications – some of which can be life-threatening. High glucose levels can also cause damage to your blood vessels, which can lessen the overall healthy function of the kidneys.

The good news is, kidney issues as a result of diabetes occur slowly, so there is plenty of time to make lifestyle and health changes to prevent kidney problems from occurring. There are many steps you can take to ensure optimal kidney health – Dr. Hayes can explain them to you during your appointment after reviewing your medical history.

Learn more about protecting your kidneys and managing your diabetes

If you’re concerned that you may have diabetes, or you need to ensure that your diabetes has not affected other aspects of your health, we invite you to call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center at 615-434-6569. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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