Diabetics with kidney problems

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Diabetics with kidney problems

If you are having problems with kidneys due to our diabetes, this is the group for you. Let us exchange tips on how to manage urea and kreatinine levels and how to cope with diet regimes.

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Comment by Andi on October 29, 2011 at 3:39pm
I began dialysis this week, and it went more smoothly than I anticipated. I had an a/v fistula put in back in May, since I knew my kidneys were not going to get any batter. I was Stage 3 then. I got to Stage 4 this summer, and thought I would be bransplanted before I needed dialysis, but Stage 5 arrived suddenly a couple of weeks ago. At least I don't have to have a central venous catheter - the fistula is working well. Two things I wasn't expecting: I don't need blood pressure meds at all on the days I dialyze, and the diet doesn't loosen up all that much -- now they're pushing protein at me, so it's changed, but still strict. I do feel noticeably better after dialysis (though worn out). Good luck to my fellow travelers on this road -- let's keep each other updated!
Comment by Chaplain ET on October 29, 2011 at 1:15pm
My last visit to the nephrologist, confirmed that I was still at Stage 3 of Chronic Kidney Failure, so I guess that is a good thing. I too, am leery of dialysis, and with my load of medications, if that happens, I will feel like I am living just to take medications to keep me alive! Major problems, yes?
Comment by Todd T. on October 28, 2011 at 7:51pm
I had a sneaking suspicion that it was coming... I have been having troubles with kidney stones for the last year and half so had some tests this summer to help figure things out. Had a 24-hr urine sample now 3 times and blood tests also.
The other day my GP told me that I had stage 3 CKD. I tested with a GFR of 54 mL/min last month but now am above 60. I met with a dietitian and she complicated my life. I have been focusing on my HA1c by maintaining a low-carb diet and now she said that I need to cut down on proteins. The CKD was a surprise and am not sure how to deal with it. He mentioned starting lisinopril-HCTZ, not for my BP but to help save my kidneys. What is the consensus here about that drug and how to maintain a good diet that won't send my BG skyward? I have seen a Urologist and my GP is chatting with a Nephrologist; any recommendations on who I should see next?

I am a Type II, BMI 25 on Metformin.
Comment by Peetie on July 22, 2011 at 10:54pm
Hi everyone,
I joined this group awhile ago because the endo told me a couple of times that my kidney numbers were high. He didn't explain it even when pressed. I think I'm okay but when I read the posts on here, it sounded like everyone was in real trouble. How is everyone making out?
Comment by Peetie on July 22, 2011 at 10:48pm
How are you making out with the kidney problem Mistercondo? Are you still doing well?
Comment by mistercondo on June 12, 2011 at 9:11pm
Diabetes is like an octopus. It hits every organ in body. Add kidney failure and it gets even more complicated. If one has both diabetes and kidney failure ones diet get a bit complicated. So I try to even out the carbs and protein. Protein is good for the diabetes and carbs are pretty good for kidney's. So my doctor said in order to not drive myself crazy worry about both to just try to eat a balanced diet. So I try to do that. Exercise is great help. Doc said not to let my sugar get higher than 200, so I live by that. I should be on dialysis by now so may have delayed it off for a while.
Comment by mistercondo on June 12, 2011 at 9:04pm
Thanks Peetie: I have found that drinking mostly water and eliminating soda has helped with the kidney failure.
Comment by Peetie on June 12, 2011 at 8:24pm
So sorry Mistercondo. Hope all goes well.
Comment by mistercondo on June 8, 2011 at 4:57am
Am in early stages of Chronic Kidney disease. My Nephrologist says I have maybe a year till I go on dialysis. Was sobering diagnosis. I am affraid of dialysis. Not sure how I will handle it.
Comment by Lisa on November 11, 2010 at 4:25am
I just happened to read in my chart 2 days ago that I have stage 3 chronic kidney disease and no one told me. I'm kinda in shock and could use a good word. My GFR is about 59.
 

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