18 doctors weighed in:
If I am diabetic, is my kidney in danger of failing?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, a diabetic does carry an increased risk of kidney disease or failure.
I would recommend monitoring and controlling diabetes through diet, exercise, and appropriate medication use. Controlling blood pressure is important as well - which may lead your physician to choose an ace/arb medication which could help protect the kidneys.

In brief: Yes
Yes, a diabetic does carry an increased risk of kidney disease or failure.
I would recommend monitoring and controlling diabetes through diet, exercise, and appropriate medication use. Controlling blood pressure is important as well - which may lead your physician to choose an ace/arb medication which could help protect the kidneys.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Diabetic nephropathy is the most common cause of kidney failure in america.
The likelihood of kidney failure is related to the duration and severity of diabetes.

In brief: Yes
Diabetic nephropathy is the most common cause of kidney failure in america.
The likelihood of kidney failure is related to the duration and severity of diabetes.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Scott Williamson
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Diabetes damages the blood vessels and the kidneys are particularly vulnerable.
Keep your diabetes under the best control you can and check your urine microalbumin according to your physician's recommendations.

In brief: Yes
Diabetes damages the blood vessels and the kidneys are particularly vulnerable.
Keep your diabetes under the best control you can and check your urine microalbumin according to your physician's recommendations.
Dr. Scott Williamson
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Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
One of the potential complications of diabetes is nephropathy (kidney damage).
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure in the United States; however, good blood pressure and glucose control can help prevent diabetes-related kidney damage.

In brief: Yes
One of the potential complications of diabetes is nephropathy (kidney damage).
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure in the United States; however, good blood pressure and glucose control can help prevent diabetes-related kidney damage.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure in the US.
However patients who consistently control their blood sugars (as measured by the A1c test) significantly decrease their risk. Control of blood pressure is also essential.

In brief: Yes
Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure in the US.
However patients who consistently control their blood sugars (as measured by the A1c test) significantly decrease their risk. Control of blood pressure is also essential.
Dr. Martin Bress
Dr. Martin Bress
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
That is why we put patients on a medication called an ACE inhibitor to protect the kidneys.
The kidney usually fails if the diabetes is not controlled.

In brief: Yes
That is why we put patients on a medication called an ACE inhibitor to protect the kidneys.
The kidney usually fails if the diabetes is not controlled.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
But this is preventable with good control of blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Most of the time you are in the drivers seat in ensuring that your sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, by following you physician's recommendations and making educated food choices. Ace inhibitors (lisinopril etc.) help protect the kidney from diabetic damage even if blood pressure is not high.

In brief: Yes
But this is preventable with good control of blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Most of the time you are in the drivers seat in ensuring that your sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, by following you physician's recommendations and making educated food choices. Ace inhibitors (lisinopril etc.) help protect the kidney from diabetic damage even if blood pressure is not high.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Diabetics have a higher risk of kidney disease.
Keeping the blood sugar and blood pressure under control may reduce the risk.

In brief: Yes
Diabetics have a higher risk of kidney disease.
Keeping the blood sugar and blood pressure under control may reduce the risk.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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