How are Diabetes andKidney Disease Related?
Diabetes mellitus is more commonly known to the public as diabetes. The connection between diabetes and kidney disease has been known for decades. Diabetes can occur in one of two ways:
- When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin.
- When the body cannot properly use insulin that the body produces.
So how are diabetes and kidney disease related, and what part does insulin production and how the body uses it play a part? Insulin is an essential hormone for health. It governs the quantity of sugar that circulates through your blood. When blood sugar levels are too high or too low, the health of many of the body’s organs and tissues can be adversely affected.
Diabetes is one of America’s leading chronic diseases.
Diabetes is one of the most common conditions among patients who seek therapy at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine clinic based in the United States. So the physicians and medical staff at the Institute are well versed in the connection between diabetes and kidney disease.
With that in mind, NSI takes a closer look at diabetes and how it affects the kidneys.
The Difference Between Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
The connection between diabetes and kidney disease is strong regardless of the type of diabetes someone has. The two primary forms of diabetes are:
- Type 1. Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, this type generally occurs in childhood. In cases of type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce adequate amounts of insulin. People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections throughout their lives.
- Type 2. This type of diabetes is the most common form. In type 2, the pancreas produces plenty of insulin, but the body loses the ability to use it correctly. Traditionally, it develops after the age of 40. However diagnoses of type 2 diabetes are on the rise among people much younger, including children. Today, type 2 diabetes can be treated a number of ways. Three of the most effective ways are diet, medication, and stem cell therapy.
How Diabetes and Kidney Disease are Connected
So, in what specific ways can diabetes cause kidney disease?
Whether type 1 or type 2, diabetes damages the body’s small blood vessels. This can include the small blood vessels of the kidneys. It is one of the main ways that diabetes and kidney disease are related.
One of the main functions of the kidneys is to filter and clean the blood. When blood vessel damage of the kidneys occurs, it interferes with their ability to properly cleanse the blood. Among the symptoms that your kidneys may be diseased are:
- Water retention (edema)
- Weight gain
- Swollen ankles
- Protein in your urine
- Waste materials build up in your blood
Another way that diabetes and kidney disease is connected is through nerve damage. Both type 1 and type 2 can damage nerves throughout the body. The damage can extend to nerves that signal the bladder that it’s time to empty. When the bladder becomes over-filled, the pressure of the back-up can cause injury to the kidneys. Additionally, when urine is held in the bladder too long infections can develop that can also affect these essential blood-filtering organs.
It comes as no surprise, then, that proper treatment for diabetes and kidney disease is often critically linked.
So, how often can diabetes cause kidney disease? In people diagnosed as type 1 diabetics, approximately 30% will experience kidney failure. Up to 40% of people with the type 2 form of the condition will develop it.
Early Signs of Diabetes and Kidney Disease
A usual way that doctors detect kidney disease is by testing the albumin level in the patient’s urine. Albumin is a protein. But many people will notice symptoms well before going to the doctor to get tested. Early signs of diabetes and kidney disease include:
- Weight gain
- Edema (fluid retention) in the ankle
- Frequent nighttime urination
- A rise in blood pressure
Diabetics should have their blood, urine and blood pressure tested no less than once a year. Regular testing leads to improved control for both diabetes and kidney. This is because good management of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing severe kidney disease.
Late Signs of Diabetes and Kidney Disease
- Loss of appetite
- Increasing fatigue
- Muscle cramps, particularly in the legs
There is one more symptom that might seem like good news on the surface. You may find yourself needing less insulin. But this is actually a sign that the diseased kidneys are breaking down insulin sufficiently. Be sure to notify your doctor if any of these signs of diabetes and kidney disease develop.
When Kidneys are Damaged
While diabetes and kidney disease are closely linked, not all kidney damage is due to diabetes. So your physician will want to rule out any other factors that affect the health of your kidneys. Your kidneys will be healthier and function better when you:
- Effectively manage diabetes
- Effectively manage high blood pressure
- Treat any urinary tract infections
- Address any troubles with your overall urinary system
- Check your medicines to make sure they don’t damage your kidneys (often, this can be a side effect of OTC pain medications)
Once the reason for kidney disease is pinpointed, your physician will work to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible. In some cases, medications like angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may be prescribed. Increasingly, stem cell therapy for both diabetes and kidney disease is being recommended by physicians because it can address much of the cellular, organ, and tissue damage caused by these illnesses and often helps patients reduce dependency on medication.
How Diseased Kidneys are Kept as Healthy and Functioning as Possible
There are many similarities in how diabetes and kidney disease are treated. One is that the treatment of both illnesses is usually multi-faceted, taking into account not just therapy and medication but also nutritional counseling and, when appropriate, physical rehabilitation/exercise.
Stem cell therapies for diabetes and kidney disease will almost always include counseling on developing good dietary habits and healthy activity/exercise. These companion programs to regenerative medicine procedures are essential in their own right. They help ensure that the damage repair and restored functions achieved through stem cell therapy are not undone by poor diet or the continuation of a lifestyle that is too sedentary.
Diabetes and Kidney Disease: the Future Outlook
The outlook for both diabetes and kidney disease is vastly improved by modern medical intervention. Today diabetes is not only treatable it is, in many cases, even reversible thanks to improved understanding about the disease as well as the advancements made in modern medicine. Where once diabetes could only be treated through medications, which can be risky and/or lose their efficacy, modern regenerative medicine procedures are addressing diabetes on a cellular level by repairing damage and re-growing tissue.
Meanwhile kidney disease, though still not fully curable, is far more successfully dealt with through regenerative medicine than so many past methods. As with diabetes, stem cell therapy can repair tissue damage and improve organ function, offering patients who have diseased kidneys a better quality of life.
Researchers across the globe and in the U.S. are actively pursuing a cure for kidney disease through stem cell therapy. They believe it’s only a matter of time before regenerative medicine not only improves quality of life for kidney patients, but leads to a bonafide cure.
As with any legitimate medical procedure in the United States, regenerative medicine techniques must be performed by a physician practicing through a properly licensed facility. Regenerative medicine clinics are popularly known as stem cell clinics. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the leading stem cell clinics in the U.S., offers tips below to help the public learn what constitutes and legally operating, FDA guidelines-compliant facility.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.