Kidney and bladder health
Changes to your immune system can make you more vulnerable to infection.
People with diabetes are more likely to develop kidney problems and bladder infections. Kidney problems cause less damage when detected and treated early.
You can reduce the risk by:
- keeping your blood glucose levels within your target range
- keeping your blood pressure as close to your target range as possible.
Work with your diabetes health professionals to keep your blood glucose levels and blood pressure as close to your target ranges as possible.
Symptoms and treatment of infection
Contact your doctor immediately if you think you have a bladder of kidney infection.
Symptoms can include:
- cloudy or bloody urine
- feeling the need to or passing urine more often
- and/or a ‘burning’ feeling when passing urine.
Kidney problems must be picked up as soon as possible. Early detection is the best way to prevent more damage.
Speak to your doctor or diabetes health professional about what you can do to help keep your kidneys healthy.
Read more in our fact sheets:
Listen to Episode 4 Kidney health and other episodes in our Annual cycle of care podcast series.
Signs and symptoms of kidney disease
In the early stages of kidney disease, you may not be aware of any signs or symptoms. That is why it is important to have regular kidney checks as part of your annual diabetes health check.
Ask your doctor how often you should have a kidney check.
To help you manage your diabetes and reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications, work with your diabetes health professional to set goals and fill in a personalised Information Prescription. Information Prescriptions help you understand and improve your health targets to manage your diabetes. Read more in our Information Prescriptions:
How are you going with your diabetes health checks?
It is essential to do an annual cycle of care to find any health problems early. Without regular checks, diabetes can lead to health problems that can affect your whole body, including your kidneys, eyes, feet, nerves and heart. Ask your doctor for the timing of health checks and targets that meet your individual health needs.
More information and support
- Find out more about diabetes and how to self-manage your condition by accessing support programs and information sessions.
- Call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 600 and ask to speak to a dietitian.
- Go to Dietitians Australia or call 1800 812 942 to find a dietitian.
- Go to Kidney Health Australia to find out more about kidney health.