- Your doctor may prescribe medicines to lower your blood pressure and protect your kidneys from more damage.
- Taking these medicines, even when your blood pressure is in a healthy range, helps slow kidney damage.
- Eating healthy foods
- Getting regular exercise
- Taking medicine or insulin as instructed by your doctor
Other ways to protect your kidneys -
- Before having an MRI, CT scan, or other imaging test in which you receive a contrast dye, tell the health care provider who is ordering the test that you have diabetes. Contrast dye can cause more damage to your kidneys.
- Before taking an NSAID pain medicine, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, ask your health care provider if there is another kind of medicine that you can take instead. NSAIDs can damage the kidneys, especially when you use them often.
- Know the signs of urinary tract infections and get them treated right away.
Many resources can help you understand more about diabetes. You can also learn ways to manage your kidney disease. Education is a key to keeping your kidneys healthy. The links following are a few of the sources:
- American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
- National Kidney Foundation: http://www.kidney.org