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Diabetes - A Leading Cause Of Kidney Disease & Kidney Failure Can Be Helped By A Low Sodium Diet


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Diabetes - A Leading Cause Of Kidney Disease & Kidney Failure Can Be Helped By A Low Sodium Diet

Author : Debbie Benson

Submitted : 2013-10-28 15:13:53    Word Count : 730    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   diabetes, diabetic, kidney failure, low sodium diet, kidney disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, daily sodium intake, heart disease, Debbie Benson

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Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in the United States. Close to 26 million adults and children live with the disease and another 79 million have prediabetes. And that's not even counting those who go undiagnosed. Being diabetic often leads to other serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. In fact, it is the leading cause of kidney diseases and kidney failures in the U.S. today.

So, what links being diabetic with having kidney disease? This might seem a little technical but it's something you should know. The kidneys filter toxins out of blood and bodily fluids, while retaining bigger molecules like protein. These protein molecules react with glucose to form advanced glycosylation end products (AGEs). Higher levels of glucose in the blood can lead to a buildup of AGEs in the kidneys. Over time, this causes increasing damage to the kidneys until they eventually shut down.

Research is increasing on the link between the two diseases, along with ways to prevent and treat them together. New treatment methods like intensive blood glucose and blood pressure control are being implemented to prevent diabetics from also developing kidney problems. But, even with new medicines and new medical treatments, making healthy lifestyle choices is an integral part of the process.

Everyone already knows limiting sugar is important for diabetics to manage their blood glucose. You might not know that they also need to watch intake of other nutrients, notably, protein and sodium. High protein diets are fine for people with healthy kidneys. They can, however, be harmful for kidneys that already have reduced function. Eating more protein means more protein in the system to produce AGEs. Reducing protein intake can actually help stave off the failure of kidneys that have greatly reduced function.

A low sodium diet can be almost as important for diabetics as a low sugar diet. Being diabetic, kidney disease, and hypertension are a triple threat that can plunge your health into a cycle of decline. And all three are linked to the daily sodium intake.

Eating too much salt causes your body to retain fluids. In your heart and arteries this increases the volume of your blood, putting more pressure on them, and raises your blood pressure. Over an extended period of time, the increased pressure damages your heart and arteries. In your kidneys, the filters have to work harder to attempt to excrete the extra sodium through urine. If unable to do so, your kidneys will retain even more fluid to dilute the salt. That extra fluid increases the volume of your blood, makes your kidneys work harder, and starts the cycle over again.

The suggested daily intake limit of sodium for healthy individuals is 2,300 mg a day, this is the upper limit. According to the FDA's website, certain groups are more sensitive to sodium and its affects of raising blood pressure. They should limit their sodium intake to no more than 1,500 mg (milligrams) per day. Today its estimated that over half of all Americans fit into this group and should pay attention to this limit, including African Americans, folks over the age of 51 and anyone with high blood pressure, kidney disease and/or diabetes. Also you may not be aware than children have lower sodium needs and should stick to the 1,500 mg daily sodium intake limit.

Reducing not only your salt intake but including other sources of sodium can be a crucial part of your treatment. And it's easy to do. You would be surprised how much salt and sodium you can cut out of your diet by simply using salt substitutes instead of the salt shaker and salt-free seasonings instead of the regular seasonings you are used to. Look at the labels and they are loaded with salt as usually the first ingredient and sugar and/or different types of sugar such as corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup as the second ingredient or even listed in several places.

Diabetes and kidney failure go hand in hand far too often. But they don't have to. Researchers are looking for prevention and treatments that are effective for both conditions. You can take a huge positive step for yourself by following a low sodium diet with moderate protein intake. Just remember to discuss it with your doctor and dietician first.

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