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Diabetes

Kingwood Kidney Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Humble, TX

If you’re one of the millions Americans with diabetes, you’re also at risk for kidney disease, including diabetic nephropathy and microalbuminuria. At Kingwood Kidney Associates in Kingwood, Texas, expert Nephrologist Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, regularly work with patients to diagnose and treat diabetes-related health problems. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a blanket term used to describe a group of chronic diseases characterized by high blood glucose (sugar). Everyone needs some blood sugar to survive. It powers your brain and provides energy for the soft tissues and muscles throughout your body. 

If your blood sugar is too high for an extended period of time, it increases your risk of serious health problems including heart disease, permanent nerve damage, and kidney disease. 

Your pancreas creates a hormone called insulin to keep your blood sugar levels in check, but if you have diabetes, your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t utilize it properly.

How does diabetes affect the kidneys?

Over time, diabetes damages the small blood vessels throughout your body. If the blood vessels in your kidneys don’t function at full capacity, your kidneys struggle to clean your blood. 

Diabetes also damages your nerves. When the nerves in your bladder don’t work as they should, you can go hours with a full bladder and not know it. A full bladder puts extra pressure on your kidneys, causing damage. 

What are some common kidney problems caused by diabetes?

At Kingwood Kidney Associates, the team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of several kidney-related health problems caused by diabetes, including:

Diabetic nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy, also known as diabetic kidney disease, is a serious complication of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes that causes irreversible kidney damage (and, in some cases, kidney failure) over an extended period of time. 

Diabetic nephropathy doesn’t always present symptoms in its early stages, so it’s important to participate in annual nephrology appointments if you have diabetes.  

Microalbuminuria

Microalbuminuria is a medical term used to describe a significant increase in the level of albumin in your urine. Albumin is a protein that’s found in your blood. If your kidneys are healthy, it’s unable to leak into your urine. Microalbuminuria points to kidney disease or damage.

Should I work with a Nephrologist if I have diabetes?

If you’re living with diabetes, working with a Nephrologist can improve your health and overall quality of life. 

Visiting a Nephrologist early can help improve your outcome, and improve mortality and long term morbidity.

The caring providers at Kingwood Kidney Associates can help stabilize and improve kidney function to avoid dialysis. They can also give you advice on various treatment options, including prescription medications.

The team also offers urine protein and kidney function testing. Participating in these preventive measures once a year is an easy and effective way to monitor your kidney function. 

If you receive abnormal results, the team can develop a custom care plan that eases your symptoms and helps you feel better. 

Request your diabetes appointment at Kingwood Kidney Associates today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.