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Swelling in Legs and Face with Diabetic Nephropathy

Swelling in Legs and Face with Diabetic NephropathyDiabetics are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease which is called Diabetic Nephropathy. With its progression, patients may develop more and more symptoms and complications. Swelling in legs and face just reminds patients of some underlying disorders.

For patients with Diabetic Nephropathy, their first sign is usually proteinuria, which develops insidiously beginning from microalbuminuria. However, as time goes on, albuminuria will aggravate into proteinuria or even the form of Nephrotic Syndrome. In this condition, swelling in legs and face appears easily, because a large amount of protein leakage can induce low plasma osmotic pressure causing extra fluid to retain in the loose tissues.

Proteinuria indicates kidney filtering system is attacked by high blood sugar level. When kidney filters lose their ability to purify blood, extra fluid and sodium will accumulate in the blood vessels, resulting in fluid retention and high blood pressure. This is another cause of edema in legs and face for patients with Diabetic Nephropathy.

Based on the causes, treatments should begin from two aspects: inhibiting protein leakage and increasing the urine output.

To prevent protein leakage, patients can take some medicines. For example, ACEi and ARBs can not only lower high blood pressure but also inhibit protein leakage and ease swelling, while astragalus membranaceus can improve kidney filtration membrane and reduce the protein leakage. Consult the Doctor online to choose correct medications to take for managing proteinuria and swelling.

To increase urine output and fluid excretion amount, patients can try diuretics if they still have enough urine. In fact, some herbal medicines and herbal tea also have diuretic property such as nettle leaf and dandelion root. These medicines can help increase glomerular filtration rate and patients' urine output, so more fluid can be eliminated out through urination.

Different causes need different managements. Check with your doctor or doctors from Kidney Service China to get useful treatments.

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