Diabetes and Kidney Problems

v-patient1Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your body has difficulty using the blood sugar because there is too much in your blood. There are four types of diabetes: Type 1, Pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. While pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes are preventable and sometimes reversible, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are chronic diabetes.

Diabetes is a common cause of chronic kidney disease, or CKD, and can eventually lead to total kidney failure. Over many years, the blood protein albumin begins to leak into the urine, slowly interfering with the kidney’s ability to filter blood. Because of its cumulative effect, CKD rarely occurs in the first few years of diabetes, but the chances of developing it increase with the amount of time a patient has diabetes.