Most diabetics know that high blood sugar will totally trash our kidneys in time. What many of us don’t know, or tend to forget, is that high blood pressure is even more damaging.
Kidney’s are delicate little critters. They are bundles of very tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Capillaries don’t like to be abused. High blood sugar is corrosive to them and high blood pressure is explosive to them.
And unlike some other kinds of tissue, once damaged, they have very little capacity to grow back.
To keep your blood sugar in control you should monitor it with your meter, take your meds, and call your doctor if you are having trouble keeping your sugar in the range your care team has chosen.
If you have having trouble controlling your blood sugar, look to your diet and cut down on carbohydrates, as these turn to sugar in your blood more quickly than other foods.
Likewise, monitor your blood pressure. You can do this with a home cuff, or you can visit your local health office or pharmacy on a regular basis. If you’ve been prescribed medication for high blood pressure you need to take it. Some people need to take two and three different medications to control high blood pressure.
If you are having trouble with your blood pressure, look at your diet and see how much salt you are consuming. Don’t assume all salt comes in shakers. Many processed foods are high in it as well. Check the label for the “sodium” content.
Remember: love your kidneys and they’ll love you back.