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Watch Out For Kidney Disease


March is National Kidney Month, a good time to review the risks of kidney disease for people with diabetes. Diabetes is actually the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease in the U.S., and 20 to 30 percent of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes will develop the early signs of kidney disease.

But there are things you can do to minimize your risk. First of all,  be sure to have a urine test for microalbuminuria every year. And be aware of the six warning signs of kidney and urinary tract disease:

  • Burning or difficulty during urination

  • More frequent urination, particularly at night

  • Passage of bloody-appearing urine

  • Puffiness around the eyes, swelling of hands and feet, especially in children

  • Pain in the small of the back, just below the ribs (not aggravated by movement)

  • High blood pressure

If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.