Monday, March 2, 2009

Diabetics Protect Your Kidneys

At least 180,000 people in the United States are living with kidney failure brought on by diabetes. 48,000 more diabetics are diagnosed with kidney failure each year. Kidney failure is a potentially life threatening diagnoses. Black Americans have an increased risk of getting diabetes. Most diabetics do not realize that they are at increased risk for getting kidney failure. This lack of information puts your life at risk.

Most people do not know that in the beginning stages of kidney failure, they feel fine. Early detection is crucial to prevent kidney damage and function. Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, M.D., chief medical officer of the National Kidney Foundation states that "Symptoms appear late".

Early symptoms which are not exclusive to kidney failure are: ankle swelling, fatigue, sleep disorders, restless legs or early morning nausea.

Talk to your doctor about your kidneys and ways to keep yourself away from this risk.

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