Health Tip: Controlling Diabetic Nephropathy

Suggestions to help spare your kidneys

(HealthDay News) -- Diabetic nephropathy is damage to the kidneys that occurs from uncontrolled diabetes.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests what you can do to help slow the damage:

  • Keep blood pressure below 130 over 80.
  • Keep blood glucose under control.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get daily exercise.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Don't take any new medications without first consulting with your doctor. This includes over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Don't miss any appointments with your doctor.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Updated on January 22, 2010

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