If you have diabetes, you have a 25 percent chance of developing kidney disease. Kidney disease is also connected with eye problems and blindness and in some cases, the kidneys lose most of their ability to function. Anything less than 15 percent of normal kidney function is considered kidney failure. Another potential problem is a urinary tract infection that spreads bacteria to the kidneys. The good news is that you can take steps to protect your kidneys. Here’s what you can do:
Monitor your blood glucose (FBG) closely
Your physician may request a test called A1c or HbA1c. This test is an average of your blood glucose levels over a three-month period. Some healthcare professionals say that a good A1c level is anything less than 7 percent, but all agree that working closely with your doctor and keeping a close eye on your blood glucose levels are good practices.