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Pedal Edema in Diabetic Nephropathy: Causes and Treatment

Pedal Edema in Diabetic Nephropathy: Causes and TreatmentDiabetic Nephropathy can affect more than blood sugar and kidneys. When feet are involved in Diabetic Nephropathy, patients may find the onset of pedal edema. In severe cases, they may even be unable to work normally. Today, we can learn the causes and treatment of pedal edema for these patients.

Causes of pedal edema in Diabetic Nephropathy

Why do Diabetic Nephropathy patients have pedal edema or foot swelling? Generally, three conditions can induce this problem directly.

- A large amount of protein leakage: Albuminuria or proteinuria is usually the first sign of Diabetic Nephropathy. Accordingly, plasma colloid osmotic pressure declines, so fluid accumulates in the feet easily.

- Decline of kidney filtration rate: With the decline of kidney function, kidneys attacked by diabetes are unable to eliminate extra fluid from the body normally.

- The long-term effect of blood sugar: High blood glucose level can cause lower limb vascular sclerosis, hemal wall thickening, elasticity decreased, vascular thrombosis easily, and assembled into plaques, resulting in vascular occlusion in lower limb. Then, pedal edema occurs commonly in Diabetic Nephropathy patients.

Treatments of pedal edema for these patients

1. Good control of blood sugar level. If Diabetic Nephropathy patients want to treat their pedal edema, they should firstly control their blood sugar very well through diet, oral taking anti-diabetic medicines and application of insulin.

2. Correct use of diuretic. If pedal edema is accompanied by high blood pressure but normal kidney function, they can choose small dosage of thiazide diuretic. However, if they have renal insufficiency, they are suggested to select loop diuretics or indapamide tablets. During the whole treatment, patients should follow a low-sodium diet plan.

3. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. This therapy can prompt the regeneration of damaged kidney and pancreatic cells, so it can rebuild kidney filtering structure and regulate blood sugar level effectively.

These methods can help ease patients’ pedal edema. Any question about the above content? Just leave it in the form below.

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