4 FAQS About Diabetes
Insulin, kidney disease concerns common
1 Why should I care about blood sugar if I’m going to end up on dialysis anyway?
You can prevent or delay the progression of kidney disease and dialysis by controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure. Studies show that even if you’re late starting to control your diabetes, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re too late to prevent progression of kidney problems and dialysis. And even if you’re very late, you can still delay the onset of dialysis. Significantly fewer patients need dialysis each year, and this is declining by 3 to 4 percent annually.
2 Once I start taking insulin, does that mean I’ll be on it forever?
It depends on the person and the situation. Starting insulin can be just a temporary measure to fix a short-term problem, or it can be long-term. The good news is that two-thirds of patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes and have been started on insulin can revert to other medications as long as they follow a program of diet and exercise.