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Diabetes and the Kidney: Diabetic Nephropathy: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment

Diabetes and the Kidney: Diabetic Nephropathy: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment

Christoph Hasslacher, Sonja B¿hm

ISBN: 978-0-470-02161-3 June 2005 146 Pages


Diabetes, when untreated, leads to damage to several organs within the body, particularly the kidneys. This damage may also go undetected for several years, until the later stages of kidney failure are reached, with a need for kidney replacement therapy - either dialysis or transplantation. Such progression is not inevitable.

With good management, diabetes can be well controlled and kidney function can be maintained; to a certain extent, the damage can even be reversed.

Diabetes and the Kidney is written for people with diabetes, their families and carers.  It describes the function of the kidneys, the development of nephropathy, the ways to recognize it early and the correct way to manage it.

The title emphasizes how people should take responsibility for their own health, with information on diet, giving up smoking and taking exercise.

  • Clearly written description of kidney function, how it goes wrong in diabetic nephropathy and ways to prevent this
  • Guidance on diet, exercise and generally encouraging people to become involved in their own health care
  • Information on treatment of kidney disease and kidney replacement therapy

Patient Interview.

1. Your fate is in your hands.

2. Diabetic kidney disease - what is it?

3. Early diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy.

4. Management of diabetic kidney disease.

4.1 The benefits of good blood sugar control.

4.2 The benefits of good blood pressure control.

4.3 Eating correctly - it's all about protein and salt!

4.4 Smoking - a particularly dangerous habit for diabetics.

4.5 High levels of fatty acids in the blood - bad news in every case.

5. Diabetics with kidney failure are threatened in other ways.

5.1 How diabetes can affect your sight.

5.2 Kidney failure also endangers the heart.

5.3 The brain also suffers from arteriosclerosis.

5.4 A common problem - poor circulation in the legs.

5.5 The diabetic foot - how to avoid amputation.

6. What else to consider.

6.1 Urinary tract infection - particularly common in women with diabetes.

6.2 X-ray examinations - contrast agents may be dangerous in patients with kidney failure.

6.3 Dental problems in people with nephropathy.

7. Prospects yesterday and today.

8. Special situations.

8.1 Pregnancy and diabetic nephropathy.

8.2 Sport and diabetic nephropathy.

9. When kidney function fails.

9.1 The different possibilities for kidney replacement therapy.




“ … the book strikes a very positive tone.  It emphasizes what patients can and should do for themselves and hence the potential to prevent future problems.” (Diabetic Medicine, 14th July 2005)