In what ways do you maintain your health as a patient with diabetes and kidney disease?
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Good Care Makes a Difference
People with diabetes should
have their health care provider measure their A1C level at least twice a year. The test provides a weighted average of their blood glucose level for the previous 3 months. They should aim to keep it at less than 7 percent.
work with their health care provider regarding insulin injections, medicines, meal planning, physical activity, and blood glucose monitoring.
have their blood pressure checked several times a year. If blood pressure is high, they should follow their health care provider's plan for keeping it near normal levels. They should aim to keep it at less than 130/80.
ask their health care provider whether they might benefit from taking an ACE inhibitor or ARB.
ask their health care provider to measure their eGFR at least once a year to learn how well their kidneys are working.
ask their health care provider to measure the amount of protein in their urine at least once a year to check for kidney damage.
ask their health care provider whether they should reduce the amount of protein in their diet and ask for areferral to see a registered dietitian to help with meal planning.