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The Kidneys

The kidneys are constantly mentioned when discussing diabetes. Because of the extra work they have to face in dealing with excess sugar levels at times, it is unfortunately a consequence of long- term diabetes (especially in those who developed the disease at a young age) that they sometimes become damaged. The signs of this might be protein appearing in the urine to indicate that the kidney cells are not functioning properly and in these circumstances specialist help is needed. The blood pressure may rise as a consequence of kidney damage or other factors in the body that may be responsible, and control of this by medication will also be necessary.

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