Can Diabetics Avoid Kidney Disease?

    (BlackDoctor.org) — Diabetes continues to be a great concern in the African-American community. More people are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. But if you manage your diabetes, it can help you feel good, have more energy, and you will more likely stay healthy and prevent problems, such as kidney disease.

    What’s The Connection Between Diabetes and Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects approximately 20 million adults in the United States, and the leading cause of CKD and kidney failure is diabetes.

    What’s The First Step?

    Knowing your risk for type 2 diabetes is an important first step toward preventing or delaying the onset of the disease (as well as the other diseases that being diabetic can make you more susceptible to). Find out your risk by taking the Diabetes Risk Test.

    In addition to a family history, some other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being:

    • 45 years of age or older

    • Overweight or obese

    • An Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander

    • Having a history of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds

    • Having high blood pressure of 140/90

    • Having cholesterol (lipid) levels that are not normal:  HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) less than 35 or triglyceride level higher than 250.

    What Else Can I Do?

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