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What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy

Time:  2014-01-09 15:32

Diabetic Nephropathy is kidney disease which is closely related to diabetes. What are the symptoms Of Diabetic Nephropathy? In the following, you can have a look.

Generally speaking, there are usually no symptoms in the early stage of Diabetic Nephropathy. The only sign of kidney damage may be small amounts of protein leaking into the urine, which you may neglect. But with the development of kidney disease, many symptoms appear, including:


Swelling may firstly appears around the eyelid, and later in the whole body. Two reasons may lead to swelling. One is kidney impairment. Kidneys keep the balance of electrolyte and water. Once there is something wrong with the kidneys, sodium can not be discharged from the blood efficiently, which contributes to the water retention. The other one is proteinuria. Because too much protein flows out, protein in the blood reduces so that the plasma colloid osmotic pressure decreases and fluid flows to the intercellular space, resulting in swelling.

Foamy urine

Kidney can filter the wastes and toxins in the body, while retaining the beneficial substances, such as protein, blood cells, etc. When the kidney is damaged, protein leaks out. If your state of illness is not under controlled timely, more and more protein will flow out, leading to foamy urine.

High blood pressure

In the end stage of Diabetic Nephropathy, most patients suffer from high blood pressure, because prostaglandin, the substances used to lower blood pressure, is affected by the damaged kidneys. In addition, water and sodium retention can also cause high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure may develop headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath.

Other symptoms

Itchy and dry skin, loss of appetite, weight loss, trouble sleeping, feeling cold all the time, anemia, etc.

Different patients may have different symptoms. Take good care of yourself if you are diagnosed with Diabetic Nephropathy. If you need help, please contact us.

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