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what could you do to prevent a kidney failure for a diabetic?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Control risk factors: You need to control your risk factors. Keep your A1c (average 2-3 months blood sugars) to < 7%, keep your blood pressure (very important) and cholesterol under control, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise at least 30 min 5 days/week. Please see your doctor regularly.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Diabetes checked: Keep your diabetes well checked and maintain hemoglobin A1c level close to 6.0. Dcct(diabetic control and complication trial), a large multicenter collaborative study proved that good diabetic control prevented the development of renal failure or slowed down the progression of already developed diabetic nephropathy.

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