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I'm a bit freaked out right now and could use your support to answer questions about kidney problems. I've only been dx one year but my microalbumin/creatine ratio was high 3 months ago at 42 (normal is <30). My endo said there is often a false positive and we'll test again in three months so don't worry. Just got my results and it's even higher at 52. Haven't met with my endo yet but know the next step is an ace inhibitor. But does that just slow the failure down or can it be reversed? Once it starts, how fast does it progress. I went up almost 10 points in three months so if dialysis is needed at 300I'll be in trouble within years. Is it inevitable that I will have need dialysis and transplant at some point?

The good news is I had my first A1c since starting the pump and was 6.0 (started at 16.3 a year ago and then went to 10.4, 6.9, 6.8, and now 6). But I can't even celebrate this great number because I'm so freaked out about my kidneys.
Dx Jan 2006
Last A1c 5.5 Aug 2007 (2nd on pump)
First A1c 16.3 Jan 2006
Started pump 1/30/07

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I remember when I was researching a pump back in 2001, MM sent me a video where one of the people who were "actual customers" said prior to the pump, he was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy...he went on the pump, and it stopped.

So, that story could be BS. But I am sitting here trying to think through why, if you got yourself under TIGHT control, that diabetic kidney failure could occur...or more specifically, how kidney functions could continue to deteriorate if under control. So take the bull by the horns, I say.
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Don't panic. Microalbumin is an indicator that there could be kidney problems later on. The ACE inhibitor should fix you up. It's pretty much SOP for many diabetics.
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I have read no cases of reversal of actual failure from diabetes. I had kidney failure from an infection and was on dialysis for three months, but they came back working at about 90%.

Dialysis is like torture imo. Keep your BGL's tight. I need to do a better job as well.

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My kidneys were down to 18½% and I was looking at dialysis for certain. Today they function at 20% so I have some breathing room. Yes. damage to the kidneys is reversable if caught in time.
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For what it's worth, when I was admitted to the hospital in February, I was diagnosed with osmotic diuresis, and my kidney function was at 50%. Insulin therapy brought the number right back into line again.

My point is, it can be reversed.
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Kidney damage can be reversed, no doubt. Don't let doctors tell you differently, as some are very old school and will show you an irreversible progression curve.

Failure though I do not believe can be reversed. At that point you are SOL. If someone knows or have heard differently please post.

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I actually didn't mean kidney failure - I meant early kidney disease. Dr. Berstein says he reversed his but mostly I hear that you can stop it from progressing to renal failure with good control and meds - but not reverse it. Have my endo appointment next week so will see what she says.
Dx Jan 2006
Last A1c 5.5 Aug 2007 (2nd on pump)
First A1c 16.3 Jan 2006
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Good luck. I've had kidney disease since I was diagnosed, I should have made that clearPosted Image
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Good luck. I've had kidney disease since I was diagnosed, I should have made that clearPosted Image


Dan, May I ask what your:
creatnine, BUN, and Potassium levels are in your blood, and what numbers are off in your urinalysis (uAlbumin, Protien, Specific Gravity, PH, etc.. )?

Lets prove a point here and show it's reversable.

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I would think that lowering the protein intake would help out.




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