Blood Fats Raise The Risk of Kidney Disease

Plasma triglycerides can clog the arteries leading to the kidneys cutting down their blood supply and causing damage. Fortunately, this is preventable. A healthy triglyceride level is 150 to 200 mg/dL…

  • a measurement over 200 mg/dL is considered high, and
  • 500 mg/dL is considered alarmingly high.

To lower or maintain normal plasma triglyceride levels…

  • attain and keep a healthy lean weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of <25 kg/meter squared,
  • begin a fitness program and set realistic goals,
  • live smoke-free; quit smoking,
  • do not overdo drinking alcohol. When your blood sugar is stable its best to not drink over one drink a day for women, or two for men,
  • eat a low carbohydrate diet,
  • take your prescribed medications as directed,
  • do not take over-the-counter pain medications without consulting with your doctor first, and
  • report all medications you are taking, prescribed or over-the-counter, to any doctor you visit.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, it is possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience.