Over time, high level of blood sugar can lead to the damage of one’s kidneys. This condition is known as nephropathy or kidney damage.
Our kidneys have special filters that helps to clean up your blood, removing the wastes in it while controlling your fluid balance. These special filters are known as nephrons. If you do not manage your diabetes well, the high blood sugar levels can damage these filters causing them to leak protein into your urine.
Early Symptoms of Nephropathy
You will not experience any symptoms if the damage in your kidney is minor. However, the added protein levels will eventually show up in the routine blood work that is conducted by a medical practitioner. If left untreated, the damage in your kidney can worsen into kidney failure. When that happens, regular dialysis or a kidney transplant may be necessary.