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Diabetes UK backs Alexandra

Here at Diabetes UK we’re all rooting for Alexandra Burke to win the X-Factor final on Saturday night! We’re hoping that Alexandra’s exceptional all-round talent will see her crowned the winner of X-Factor 2008.

Alexandra is from Islington, London and three years ago narrowly missed out on becoming one of Louis Walsh’s finalists. This year, however, Alexandra has stormed her way to the final with a host of phenomenal performances.

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Mum has Type 1 diabetes

Receiving dialysis for kidney failure

On top of the huge pressure of being an X-Factor finalist Alexandra has been a great support to her mum, who has Type 1 diabetes and is currently receiving dialysis for kidney failure caused by the condition.

Battle with diabetes

Alexandra’s mum has recently spoken on GMTV about her battle with diabetes. We wish Alexandra’s mum every success with her treatment.

Kidney disease

Kidney disease can happen to anyone but it is much more common in people with diabetes and people with high blood pressure. Kidney disease in diabetes develops very slowly, over many years and is most common in people who have had the condition for over 20 years. About one in three people with diabetes might go on to develop kidney disease, although, as treatments improve, fewer people are affected.

The kidneys are the organs that filter and clean the blood and get rid of any waste products by making urine. They regulate the amount of fluid and various salts in the body, helping to control blood pressure. They also release several hormones. Kidney disease (or nephropathy, to give it its proper name) is when the kidneys start to fail.

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