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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

Managnig Chronic Kidney Disease and Type 2 Diabetes


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and Type 2 diabetes are two prevalent chronic conditions that often coexist, presenting unique challenges for individuals managing their health.  This blog will explore the relationship between CKD and Type 2 diabetes, discuss key management strategies, and provide valuable insights for those navigating these health concerns.

Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Chronic kidney disease is a progressive condition characterized by gradually losing kidney function over time.  Type 2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder, is a significant risk factor for CKD development.  The intricate interplay between these conditions underscores the importance of comprehensive management of your Type 2 diabetes.

Managing your Type 2 diabetes is critical and following are some strategies you may wish to consider:

Strategies for Managing CKD and Type 2 Diabetes

Blood Sugar Control - Maintaining optimal blood glucose levels is crucial for individuals with Type 2 diabetes and CKD. Regular monitoring, medication adherence, and lifestyle modifications play pivotal roles in achieving target levels recommended by healthcare providers.  I check my blood sugar before and two hours after each meal, a minimum of 6 times per day is what I consider adequate to managing my blood sugar.

Kidney-Friendly Diet - Adopting a kidney-friendly diet that aligns with diabetes management goals is essential. Focus on reducing sodium, phosphorus, and potassium intake while emphasizing lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Consultation with a registered dietitian can provide personalized dietary guidance.  My diet is high in protein and salads and vegetables.  I have discovered why I can and cannot eat through personal discovery, and at Damndiabetes, we are always happy to help you.  Don’t be shy about giving us a shout.

Monitor Your Kidneys - Routine check-ups to assess kidney function (e.g., estimated glomerular filtration rate or eGFR) and blood tests (e.g., A1C for diabetes control) are imperative. These tests help track disease progression, identify complications early, and guide treatment adjustments.  Please follow your doctor’s advice.

Medication Management - Work closely with your healthcare provider to manage your medications. This includes diabetes medications, blood pressure medications (often necessary for CKD management), and other prescribed treatments.  Avoid self-adjusting medications.

Lifestyle Modifications – How often do we hear this?  Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine, aiming for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise. Quit smoking if applicable, limit alcohol consumption, and prioritize adequate sleep and stress management for overall well-being.

Patient Education and Support—Stay informed about CKD and Type 2 diabetes and their management strategies.  Join support groups, attend educational sessions, and effectively engage with healthcare professionals to address questions and concerns. Do not wait to contact us to help at Damndiabetes.

The End

Managing chronic kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes requires a holistic approach encompassing medical management, lifestyle modifications, and ongoing education. You can effectively navigate these conditions and optimize your health outcomes by implementing key strategies and collaborating closely with healthcare providers.

It is all about staying informed and prioritizing your well-being on this journey towards a better quality of life living with Type 2 diabetes.

Best wishes .......

Vancouver, Canada

Please check with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle when living with diabetes.  The above is not to be construed as medical advice.

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