What is nephropathy?

If your clients have diabetes, they could end up with nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy means kidney damage or disease; meaning that the diabetes causes damage to their kidneys. Nephropathy can be quite severe and potentially may lead to kidney failure. The good news is that not everyone that has diabetes will also have kidney damage.

The way that nephropathy works is that your kidneys have many tiny blood vessels. These blood vessels filter waste from the blood. When your client has diabetes it means that they also have high blood sugar which in turn means that the blood vessels can be damaged. If that happens, then, as time progresses, the kidney won’t be able to function and could eventually stop working altogether. That is kidney failure!

Although diabetes is continually studies, doctors have not determined yet why some individuals with diabetes get kidney damage and some do not although they do understand that certain things can make it more likely that your client will get diabetic nephropathy.

One of those things is high blood pressure. Another is high cholesterol. Smoking can also put your clients as risk. People of certain races, such as Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics (especially Mexican Americans) have a higher risk for diabetic nephropathy.

All of this and much more are good to know so that you can continue to show your clients the fact that With Age Comes Respect.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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One Response to What is nephropathy?

  1. DRscreening says:

    Reblogged this on DRscreening and commented:
    A great introduction to a serious diabetic complication…

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