There are many causes: on the one hand, the longer life expectancy and the growing number of patients with diabetes certainly contribute to the higher number of dialysis patients. On the other hand, the risk of developing diabetes-associated kidney disease was certainly underestimated.
Ten or 15 years ago, diabetic nephropathy was viewed almost exclusively as a complication of Type 1 diabetes. Today, we know that patients with Type 2 diabetes, who are far more numerous, face the same risk of suffering kidney failure. Now, most patients who develop kidney damage and need to undergo dialysis have Type 2 diabetes.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.