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.