If there’s nothing I can look out for, are there at least things I can do for myself?
Of course! There always is. Again, let’s revisit List 1.
Controlling blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol while also not smoking are the best things you can do to protect yourself.
Blood pressure control is especially important in preventing kidney damage! High blood pressure puts the very delicate and small blood vessels in your kidneys at higher risk of damage. You should try and have your blood pressure be lower than 130/80 mmHg.6
Tip: Specific high blood pressure medications called “ACE inhibitors” and “ARBs” have kidney protecting effects. Almost every person with diabetes and high blood pressure should be taking one of these medications every day. Talk to your pharmacist about your current medications if you have any questions.4
Point: Follow up with your family doctor, get blood work done, and even ask about how your current kidney function is. By learning more about your diabetes, you can take better control of your disease!