Diabetes & Kidney Problems
Keep Your Kidneys Healthy
If you are at risk for kidney disease, the most important steps you can take to keep your kidneys healthy are:
- Get your blood and urine checked for kidney disease.
- Manage your diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Tips to keep your kidneys healthy:
- Keep your blood pressure at the target set by your health care provider. This can delay or prevent kidney failure.
- If you have diabetes, control your blood glucose level.
- Keep your cholesterol levels in the target range.
- Take medicines the way your provider tells you to. (Important!Certain blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors and ARBs may protect your kidneys. Ask your health care provider for more information.)
- Cut back on salt. Aim for less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day.
- Choose foods that are healthy for your heart: fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Be more physically active.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- If you smoke, take steps to quit. Cigarette smoking can make kidney damage worse.
To read more about this topic, from this and related documents, please see the National Kidney Disease Education Program. You might also want to see the related HealthyNJ pages on: Diabetes, Diabetes and Fitness, Diabetes and Nutrition, Diabetes and Pregnancy, Diabetic Eye Problems, Diabetic Foot Problems, Diabetic Nerve Problems, Diabetic Retinopathy, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and Pre-Diabetes.