Diabetes and Kidney Disease

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar, Diabetes Complications
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

In the past decade, the prevalence of kidney disease has doubled.  

One of the main reasons for this upsurge is our epidemic of diabetes. One-quarter to one-third of people with this condition develop diabetic nephropathy, which is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease.

Diabetes does a double whammy on the kidneys. When a person is unable to control blood sugar levels, damage is done to the blood vessels in the nephrons. The nephrons are the part of the kidneys that are responsible for filtering blood; returning blood cells, proteins, minerals, and other vital constituents to circulation; and passing excess water and wastes into tubules, which drain them into the bladder as urine.

And because the water-soluble antioxidants and other nutrients that protect against damage are lost in the excessive urination that accompanies diabetes, it’s no wonder so many people with diabetes end up developing kidney disease.

But don’t despair! There are natural remedies for diabetes, many of which we’ll be discussing in this blog. And if you do have this disease, the information I’ll share here will make dealing with diabetes a little easier.

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