By Everyday Health Editors
Type 2 diabetes increases your risk of kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy. This condition develops when the network of tiny blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged to the point that they can no longer filter out waste properly. If kidney problems are left untreated, you may eventually need dialysis (a treatment to filter out waste products from the blood) or even a kidney transplant.
Symptoms of Diabetes-Related Kidney Disease
Typically, you won’t notice symptoms of kidney disease until it has advanced, so it’s important to have your kidney function checked every year.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor as it may indicate kidney trouble:
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Swelling in your ankles and legs
A need to go to the bathroom more often at night
A reduction in your need for insulin
Nausea and vomiting
Weakness and paleness
The best way to prevent kidney problems is to have your urine, blood, and blood pressure monitored regularly and to keep your blood-glucose levels and your blood pressure under control.
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