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Old 10-11-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

I was diagnosed as type 2 in May of this year. The doctor estimates I've been diabetic for two years. A few days ago he did a urinalysis(for a UTI) and he said there was a little bit of protein in my urine. Can diabetes cause kidney damage this fast or is his estimate off?

 
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Re: How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

There is no way to estimate when (or even if) it's going to happen. If you had a uti, the protein could be from that.

Tight control could decrease the protein if it is diabetes related.
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Re: How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

Yep...lots of other circumstances can cause protein in the urine. It's not as much of a concern if it's in the micro stage (as it sounds like yours is.) I've had microalbuminuria a few times over the past many years, and my kidney function is still fine after 28 years with diabetes.

However, don't let this information lull you into thinking you don't have to be really strict about managing your diabetes. The better you manage, the lower the chances are of developing all kinds of complications from D.

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Re: How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

I would not be too worried about one episode of protein in urine. Most diabetics don't develop any kidney issues for 15-20 years after diagnosis, and that can often be prevented by keeping good control of blood sugars. UTI can cause protein as well as left over semen getting into the urine. Just ask to have it checked periodically so you know if anything is changing. It is good incentive to keep blood sugars well controlled, not just for your kidneys but to prevent all the complications diabetes can cause.

 
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Re: How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

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Yep...lots of other circumstances can cause protein in the urine. It's not as much of a concern if it's in the micro stage (as it sounds like yours is.) I've had microalbuminuria a few times over the past many years, and my kidney function is still fine after 28 years with diabetes.

However, don't let this information lull you into thinking you don't have to be really strict about managing your diabetes. The better you manage, the lower the chances are of developing all kinds of complications from D.

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Hello SamQKitty, You mentioned that you had microalbuminuria in the past. May I know the Urine Albumin/Creatinine levels that you had at that time? How did you reduce it?

 
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Sorry, Heathcliff, but I just don't have that information any more...if I ever had it. The microalbuminuria was over ten years ago. And the only thing I've done, ever, is to keep very tight control over my diabetes.

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Thanks SamQKitty. Does hypertension have any impact on kidney?

 
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Yes, hypertension can affect the kidneys over time. Conversely, kidney problems can actually CAUSE hypertension. If you're under 40 with hypertension, your kidneys should be checked out thoroughly to make sure it's not a kidney problem causing the hypertension. But if you're much older, especially around the 50's and 60's, many people develop primary hypertension...it's just the arteries getting older and stiffer. The way to prevent that is healthy eating, exercise, and good control of blood sugar.

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Re: How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

Thanks, SamQKitty. Is it advisable to take medication for what they call as pre-hypertension (120/80 to 130/90)

 
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I wouldn't medicate at prehypertensive levels, but I would modify my diet to reduce salt, cholesterol, and reduce weight if at all overweight. Of course exercise regularly and no smoking. Magnesium also helps to relax blood vessel walls, 400mg/day.

 
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Thanks, Ladybud.

 
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Ditto what Ladybug said!

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Is it not advisable to take medication for pre-hypertension even in the presence of diabetes?

 
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Is it not advisable to take medication for pre-hypertension even in the presence of diabetes?
Every case is different. I was put on an ACE inhibitor (kidney protective class of drugs) when I already had kidney disease and mild hypertension. I credit this drug to giving me close to 20 years pre-dialysis, rather than the predicted 5. The better the bp control in the presence of existing kidney issues, the better the kidneys will fair. That has been my own experience anyway.
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Re: How long does it take diabetes to cause kidney damage?

Hi Cora, How did they predict 5 years? Is there any technique for that?

 
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