Diaverum supports World Diabetes Day by raising awareness about the link between diabetes and kidney disease

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use normal amounts of insulin properly. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Diabetes Type 1 means that the body does not produce enough insulin to take care of the sugar in the blood. Diabetes Type 2 means that the body is not making effective use of the insulin it has produced.

Diabetes is a main risk factor for development of kidney disease. As many as 1 in 3 patients with diabetes may develop chronic kidney disease1. If diabetes is not controlled properly, sugar will start to build up in the blood. When the amount of sugar becomes too high it can harm the blood vessels in the kidneys and reduce the ability of the kidneys to filter out waste products and fluids.

In order to lower the risk of developing kidney disease it is important that patients with diabetes educate themselves on their disease and its effects on their kidneys. They also need to make sure they monitor their diabetes, maintain a healthy life-style and schedule regular check-ups with their doctor to detect any problems early on.

World Diabetes Day, an international awareness day, takes place on November 14th. Read more here: https://www.worlddiabetesday.org/ Official hashtag of the campaign: #WDD2018