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Diabetic Nephropathy - Kidney Disease

Tweet Kidney disease amongst diabetics is commonly called diabetic nephropathy. Statistically, around 40% of people with diabetes develop nephropathy but it is possible to prevent or delay through control of both blood glucose and blood pressure levels. Diabetes affects the arteries of the body and as the kidneys filter blood from many arteries, kidney problems are a particular risk for people with diabetes. What is diabetic nephropathy? Nephropathy is a general term for the deterioration of proper functioning in the kidneys. At an advanced level, this is called end-stage renal disease or ESRD. ESRD often stems from diabetes, with diabetes causing just under half of all cases. Diabetic nephropathy can affect people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetic nephropathy is divided into five stages of deterioration, with the final one being ESRD. It commonly takes over 20 years for patients to reach stage 5. Symptoms of kidney disease The symptoms of diabetic nephropathy tend to become apparent once the condition has reached the later stages. Typically the following symptoms may start to be noticed around stage four of its progression: Swelling of the ankles, feet, lower legs or Continue reading >>

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  1. bbearsmama

    Ketones found in urine-is our diet bad for our kidneys?

    Hi there-
    I went to see my PCP for a urinary tract infection today and she said there was a lot of stuff in my urine-ketones, blood (which is always there-which is why I also see a nephrologist), and some protein. She thinks the ketones are because of my high protein diet and she told me to try to eat a more balanced diet (more carbs, fruits, veggies). How is this possible with such a tiny pouch? Has this happened to anyone else and if so-what did you do? Is it dangerous to have ketones in your urine? I do worry about my kidney function. My nephrologist likes to do labwork (blood/urine) every 6 months to keep an eye on things. He doesn't think my labs have warranted doing a kidney biopsy at this point. The last time I saw the nephrologist was before my RNY. I just don't want my diet to be damaging to my kidneys.
    Has this happened to anyone--kidney damage as a result of the post-op diet? I know that it will be easier to eat a more balanced diet as a I get further out, right?
    Thank you all for your advice and help!
    Sincerely,
    Pam

  2. RainbowRN

    I know that when the atkins diet was really popular, more people started talking about ketones in the urine. The big deal about it is that protein molecules are actually really big and more difficult for the kidneys to filter. Therefore the kidneys can be damaged overtime. Now, I'm not sure about how long it takes or how much protein it would take to do that. All I know is that, last year before I even considered WLS, my NUT put me on a protein sparing modified fast. It was a diet that was primarily protein only. It was very high amounts of protein. Greater than 140mg a day. I was told that I would do the diet for 3 months and then I had to go off of it for 3 months and then back on for three months simply because of the risk of damage to my kidneys. I don't consume that much protein since surgery. I try to make sure I get in 60mg a day. I would be curious to find out if kidney damage is a possibilty for us. In all my research I have not heard of that being a side effect.

  3. bbearsmama

    Before I had my surgery, I did talk to my nephrologist about the high protein diet and he thought it would be fine. He said that 60 g. of protein is really not that much. What is considered the "normal" intake of protein (for people who haven't had wls)? I think it's around 50 g. of protein. I'm not sure, though. And the reality is-I struggle to get 60 g. in per day. Most days I don't even get there-it's more like 50 or 55 g.
    That is interesting about the protein molecules being big.
    Thank you so much for your reply!
    Pam :)

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