WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2023 : “10 Shocking Ways Diabetes Damages Your Kidneys and How to Prevent It – Your Ultimate Guide to Kidney Health!”

Happy World Kidney Day everyone! 

Today, we celebrate the importance of our kidneys and raise awareness about kidney health. 
World Kidney Day was established in 2006 by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) to educate the public about the importance of kidney health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease.
This year’s theme, “Kidney Health for All – Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable”, emphasizes the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to kidney health services, especially the most vulnerable among us. It also encourages us to prepare for unexpected events, such as a global pandemic, that can impact our kidney health.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to know that it can have a significant impact on your kidney health. 
Here are 10 shocking ways diabetes can damage your kidneys:
– High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys, making it harder for them to filter waste from your blood.
– Over time, high blood sugar can cause damage to the tiny filters in your kidneys, called nephrons.
– Diabetes can cause inflammation in your kidneys, which can lead to scarring and permanent damage.
– High blood pressure, which is common in people with diabetes, can also damage your kidneys.
– Diabetes can cause nerve damage, which can impact the signals between your brain and your kidneys.
– People with diabetes are more likely to develop urinary tract infections, which can spread to the kidneys and cause damage.
– Diabetes can cause protein to leak into your urine, which can be a sign of kidney damage.
– People with diabetes are more likely to develop kidney stones.
– Diabetes can increase the risk of developing glomerulonephritis, a condition where the small blood vessels in the kidneys become inflamed.
– Diabetes can increase the risk of developing kidney failure, which may require dialysis or a kidney transplant.
But the good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent kidney damage if you have diabetes. Here are a few tips:
– Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
– Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
– Exercise regularly.
– Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
– Quit smoking.
– Limit your alcohol intake.
– Stay hydrated.
– Get regular check-ups with your healthcare provider.
– Take your medications as prescribed & Avoid OTC drugs. 
– Manage your stress levels.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. By taking care of your health and managing your diabetes, you can reduce your risk of kidney damage and live a healthy, happy life.
So, on this World Kidney Day, let’s pledge to take care of our kidneys and support kidney health for all. Let’s spread awareness about the importance of kidney health and encourage everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle. 
Together, we can prevent kidney damage and improve the lives of people with diabetes.
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