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Diabetes — A Major Risk Factor for Kidney Disease

Diabetes mellitus, usually called diabetes, is a disease in which your body does not make enough insulin (type 1) or does not respond to insulin properly (type 2), so that blood sugar levels increase. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. A high blood sugar level will cause problems…

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Kidney Disease and Diabetes

First, the doctor needs to find out if your diabetes has caused the injury. Other diseases can cause kidney damage. Your kidneys will work better and last longer if you: Control your blood sugar Control your blood pressure Get treatment for urinary tract infections Correct any problems in your urinary system Avoid any medicines that…

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