When kidney damage is caught in its early stages, it can be slowed with treatment. Once larger amounts of protein appear in the urine, kidney damage will slowly get worse.
Follow your health care provider's advice to keep your condition from getting worse.
CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Keeping your blood pressure under control (below 130/80) is one of the best ways to slow kidney damage.
- Your doctor may prescribe medicines to lower your blood pressure and protect your kidneys from more damage.
- Taking these medicines, even when your blood pressure is in a healthy range, helps slow kidney damage.
CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL
Eating a low-fat diet, taking drugs to control blood cholesterol, and getting regular exercise can also help prevent or slow kidney damage.
You can also slow kidney damage by controlling your blood sugar levels, which you can do by:
- Eat healthy foods
- Get regular exercise
- Take medicine or insulin as instructed by your health care provider
- Check your blood sugar level as often as instructed and keep a record of your numbers so that you know the things that affect your level
OTHER WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR KIDNEYS
- Before having an MRI, CT scan, or other imaging test in which you receive a contrast dye, tell the health care provider who is ordering the test that you have diabetes. Contrast dye can cause more damage to your kidneys.
- Before taking an NSAID pain medicine, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, ask your health care provider if there is another kind of medicine that you can take instead. NSAIDs can damage the kidneys. This is more so when you use them often.
- Know the signs of urinary tract infections and get treated right away.