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 missrobbie on January 25, 2012 at 5:17pm

I left out something and that's why I am very worried . In 1999, I was told i had kidney damage but I wasn't treated for the disease because it was in the beginning stages. Fast forward 13 years later, I final have health insurance again to see a doctor and I know my kidneys can't still be in a the early stages after 13 years of uncontrolled diabetes.

Comment by Cora on January 25, 2012 at 4:33pm

Miss Robbie, I'm going to sound harsh here, but I mean it in the nicest way. Don't be ridiculous. You are not going to die. Your levels are almost normal. My creatinine was over 10 before I went on dialysis and that took over 20 years for me to get there. With the advent of modern drugs and treatments it is entirely possible that things may not progress for you at all. Things are very positive for folks in the earliest of stages (things are barely noticeable from your labwork). Talk to the doc. You may be put on an ACE inhibitor which is a drug that can help protect your kidneys. Best of luck.

Comment by missrobbie on January 25, 2012 at 4:20pm

Jonah, I'm in a fog right now over my kidney test results. My mind is thinking about how to say goodbye to my family,boyfriend and friends.

Comment by Jonah on January 25, 2012 at 8:19am

Miss Robbie- those numbers are only slightly abnormal. It probably means you have kidney disease but most diabetics with kidney disease don't get kidney failure. Also, according to your page, your A1c over the summer was way higher than it is now. If you can keep it down, it sounds like your kidney disease is early enough that it might be reversible.

Comment by missrobbie on January 24, 2012 at 9:14pm

Am I going to die? I got my test result and now I have to see my doctor to find out about my kidney.
My CREATININE 0.7 (low), Random Urine Creatinine 159.7(high), Random Urine Microalbumine 42(high) and Albumin to Creatinine Ratio 27.

Comment by Cora on October 30, 2011 at 4:03pm
Andrea - I only took my bp meds on non-dialysis days. I didn't need them on the days I was on the machine. I would have preferred pd as the diet is much less restrictive. Glad you feel better.

Todd - lisinopril is the gold standard in patient care. It has been shown to slow, or even in some cases, stop the progression of kidney disease. I was one of the very early adopters of an ace inhibitor in the 80s whe they first started using them, and it took mroe than 20 years for me to progress to dialysis. I would definitely see the nephrologist, They will be able to give excellent diet tips as they are used to diabetic patients.
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?
 

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