One in ten Canadians has kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, with high blood pressure being next in line. The number of people being treated for kidney disease has tripled over the last 20 years.
Chronic kidney disease is often called the silent killer. A person can lose up to 90% of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms. Kidney disease can be detected by a urine test that checks for protein or by a blood test that measures the level of creatinine.
What can you do if you have diabetes?
Ask your health professional if blood or urine tests have been done.
If you have diabetes, you can reduce your risk of developing kidney disease by maintaining good blood sugar control and good blood pressure control.
What should my targets be?
For most people:
Your A1C result (3 month average blood sugar) should be 7 or below.
Your blood pressure should be 130/80 or below.
Talk to your health care provider to see what your individual targets are and what your A1C is.
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