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Common Symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy

2014-11-15 05:32

Common Symptoms of Diabetic NephropathyDiabetic Nephropathy is a very serious illness which can cause many symptoms. It is also commonly called diabetic kidney problem and if left alone, it will run to kidney failure directly and at that time, more and more symptoms will appear. Well, what are the common symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy?

Diabetic Nephrotic refers to kidney problem associated with years of Diabetes, so people with uncontrolled blood sugar are more likely to suffer from this problem. With diabetic kidney problem, they will experience the following symptoms:


In early stage of Diabetic Nephropathy, kidneys are damaged mildly and in such a case, the residual kidney function is powerful enough to maintain the normal life, so no obvious discomforts appear at that time. But if patients do urine test in such a case, excess protein can be found in urine. Protein leakage is the first symptom of diabetic kidney disease.

High blood pressure

Kidney serves us as a filter, which means it can help us cleanse blood. Besides it, kidneys also help us regulate blood pressure, so high blood pressure is also a symptom of Diabetic Nephropathy. For diabetics with kidney damages, they run high risk for elevation of blood pressure when their kidneys work properly.


Feeling weak is another symptom of Diabetic Nephropathy and this is usually resulted from low EPO in blood. One of the jobs of kidney is to secrete EPO, so when kidneys are damaged severely, production of EPO decreases. EPO is necessary for the production of red blood cell and low EPO in blood will lead to low red blood cell account which can cause renal anemia. With renal anemia, we feel weak and become tired easily.


Swelling is a visible symptom of Diabetic Nephropathy, which usually firstly appears around eyelid, in face, ankles and hands.

The above are the most common symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy, but usually patients suffer more than these when illness develops to a relative severe stage, so by bringing illness under control, many discomforts can be avoided successfully.

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