It is World Kidney Day today (Thursday 11 March) and Diabetes UK is urging people with diabetes to ensure that their condition is managed well to reduce their risk of developing kidney disease.
Almost one in three people with Type 2 diabetes develops kidney disease, and diabetes is the single most common cause of end stage renal disease. Furthermore, kidney disease accounts for 21 per cent of deaths in people with Type 1 diabetes and 11 per cent of deaths in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Reduce your risk of kidney disease
“Kidney disease can happen to anyone but it is much more common in people with diabetes and people with high blood pressure," said Zoe Harrison, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.
"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) is caused by damage to small blood vessels, making the kidneys work less efficiently, and this can cause the kidneys to start to fail.
"Keeping blood glucose levels as near normal as possible and blood pressure well controlled can greatly reduce the risk of kidney disease developing, as well as other diabetes complications.”