Diabetes requires a lot of attention. It has to be managed every day all day. People with diabetes have to take it into consideration with nearly everything they do– from eating, to working out. Even stress can play a role in an individual’s blood glucose levels.
It doesn’t sleep in. And it doesn’t take days off.
Further, it comes with a variety of potential for complications if not properly managed. One of these complications is diabetic nephropathy, or kidney damage. While not everyone who has diabetes will experience diabetic nephropathy, about 40% of people with diabetes will develop nephropathy over time.
But it’s not all doom and gloom! While diabetes is a difficult condition to manage, it is absolutely possible to do so while living a healthy, and full life.
Well, we believe one of the most important things you can do is educate yourself! Instead of hiding from potential complications, or denying they exist, learn as much as you can about them so you know how you can prevent them.
Take a look at the video below to learn about kidney disease and what you can do to protect yourself!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.