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Kidney Dialysis

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Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 08/21/2013 09:14:50 From:
Hi Rose,
Diabetes can feel pretty overwhelming at times and when you have diabetes you are certainly at risk for some of the complications like kidney disease, nerve damage, vision issues, circulation issues, problems with the feet and blood vessel damage and disease. When you have diabetes you are more at risk for these complications if your blood sugars stay elevated overtime. If you are able to manage your blood sugars within your target range and keep your A1c at goal you are at 40-60% reduced risk for these complications. For most people the American Diabetes Association recommends fasting and before meal blood sugars between 70-130 mg/dL and 2 hour after meal blood sugars between 70-180 mg/dL. Target for A1c is 7.0% or less. This includes reduced risk for kidney disease and having to do dialysis. If you have specific concerns about kidney disease talk it over with your doctor; your doctor can do a urine test called the microalbuminuria test to see if there is any damage to your kidneys. Most doctors do this test once/year for people with diabetes to check kidney function. It is also a good idea to follow your diabetes treatment plan that you have set up with your doctor and diabetes educator to include taking medications as prescribed, following a carbohydrate managed meal plan and regularly exercising as tolerated as per your doctor recommendations. I also encourage you, if you haven't already, to take a diabetes education class or meet with a diabetes educator so you can have your questions answered and recieve the information you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to manage your diabetes. For more information about Unity's Managing Diabetes Class or to set up an individual appt with a diabetes educator call 585-368-4560.
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