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Controlling Diabetes
Why Blood Glucose Levels Change
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Kidney disease1

Your kidneys help filter waste products from your blood and excrete them as urine. You may suffer from nephropathy, or renal disease, if you have persistently high blood glucose levels. Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (kidney failure), resulting in about 43% of new cases.

Your doctor may routinely perform tests to detect kidney disease. Your doctor will perform tests to detect albumin, a protein that leaks into urine when nephrons stop working properly. He will also check your blood pressure (the kidneys help maintain normal blood pressure, and high blood pressure increases the risk of kidney disease). Damage to the nephrons, the tiny filters in the kidneys, happens gradually, and you and your doctor may detect kidney problems before they become serious.

Regular monitoring can help you spot patterns to try to avoid high and low blood glucose, reduce complications of diabetes, and help control your diabetes.

   
 

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