Kidney damage (nephropathy)
Research suggests that prolonged high blood sugar and high blood pressure can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys. This phenomenon is known as Nephropathy, and simply means kidney damage.
This poses a problem for the body as a whole, as the kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood. Losing this ability is very dangerous, as waste products that would usually leave the body in the urine stay in the blood, and conversely, useful substances like protein are lost in the urine when they should remain in the blood.
Our diabetes team take the slowing of kidney function very seriously, and make sure, whenever they can, that your blood pressure is low, that you avoid drugs that are dangerous for the kidneys, and that you are prescribed drugs that are known to protect the kidneys in diabetes.