Diabetic nephropathy is a kidney disease caused due to diabetic complication. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage minute blood vessels and the functioning unit of your kidneys, nephrons. This makes your kidneys unable to remove wastes from your body leading to temporary or permanent kidney failure.
High levels of blood sugar make your kidneys filter more blood. All this extra work affects the nephrons. After many years, they start to leak and useful protein is lost in the urine. This damage can happen years before any symptoms begin.
Along with uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels make you more risk for kidney diseases.
Symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy
- Swelling under your eyes, feet and legs. In the advanced stage, you may see the swelling all over your body.
- Headache and sick feeling.
- Weak appetite.
- Difficulty in sleeping.
- Increasing blood pressure
- Frequent urination and foamy urine.
- Weight loss.
- Paleness and anaemia.
Management of Diabetic Nephropathy
- Strictly control your blood sugar and pressure through medications, diet and physical exercise.
Ayurvedic Medicines Beneficial in Diabetic Nephropathy
- Kataka kadhiradi kashayam
- Punarnavadi kashayam
- Nisa katakadi kashayam
- Triphala, musta churna- Boil 1 tsp of churna in a glass of water and reduce to half a glass. Drink twice a day before meals.
- Take 1 tsp of nisha amalaki churna and soak it in a glass of water. Let it soak through the night. Drink this mixture first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else.
- Punarnava, Gokshura powder are also effective.
Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
- Screening for diabetic nephropathy – people who are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes such as those with hypertension, lipid abnormalities or central obesity are recommended for early testing for glucose intolerance and diabetes to identify microalbuminuria.
- Once the diagnosis of diabetes has been made, routinely check urinary protein levels.