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What can be done in diabetic kidney disease?

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Good blood sugar and blood pressure control lowers the risk and slows the progression of kidney disease. Stop smoking, stay physically active, lose weight, eat healthily and lower salt intake.4,8,9

You may be prescribed with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin II receptor blocker—blood pressure-lowering medications which also delay the progression of kidney disease.8 Speak to your doctor to find out more.

If kidney disease worsens, you may be advised to decrease protein intake to delay the progression of kidney damage.4 Limiting foods high in potassium, phosphate or sodium helps prevent the build-up of waste products in the body. However, speak to a dietician before making changes to your diet.8 Dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed if the kidneys fail.9