The Effects of Diabetes on the Kidneys

If a diabetic has a hard time controlling their blood glucose levels, they may be at risk of damaging other structures of their bodies. 

For this reason, the diabetic community is more at risk of developing eye complications, nerve damage, foot problems, and even urological conditions. Our physicians have seen kidney conditions in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.

At home, patients may notice swelling in their ankles paired with some weight gain. Patients may also experience nocturia, where they need to use the restroom frequently at night. At Affiliated Urologists, we can detect kidney disease through a physical examination and a urinalysis. After collecting a urine sample, our urology experts will screen the sample for abnormal appearances and concentrations such as protein. If protein appears in the urine in any amount, this could signal that a kidney condition is present.

Protein is a telling factor in diabetic patients because it’s the kidney’s job to filter out any waste products that the body no longer needs. Diseases often impair the kidneys, allowing protein to get through and be released into the urine. One such condition that can be detected via protein is called diabetic nephropathy. This means that the diabetes is directly causing kidney disease.

If kidney damage or kidney disease has been detected, the Affiliated Urologists team can help patients regain health and functioning of their kidneys. It is important for patients to seek care for their kidneys right away because further damage could result in the loss of a kidney.

Our experts can help diabetes patients by prescribing medication to control blood pressure and work with his or her primary care physician to help patients control their blood glucose levels. Our team can also work with patients to set up a regular screening schedule and support any ongoing treatments. 

Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material. 

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