Are You At Risk of Kidney Disease?
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. In a nation with over 250,000 people with type one and type two diabetes, about one third will also develop kidney disease. Approximately 20,000 of the above people have type one diabetes, which does increase the risk of kidney disease due to increased strain on the kidneys.
The kidneys are made up of many microscopic filters called nephrons, and are responsible for removing waste products from blood. This can include proteins, glucose, electrolytes, and toxins. Some beneficial particles are reabsorbed into the bloodstream, others are removed in urine.
Problems associated with diabetes, high blood glucose and high blood pressure, can exacerbate kidney disease. For this reason doctors recommend monitoring kidney health more diligently if managing a diabetic condition. With diabetes, having higher levels of glucose makes more work for the kidneys, and high blood pressure can damage the filters in the kidneys.
Both diabetes and kidney disease can be managed in whole or in part by diet and lifestyle choices. Managing blood glucose with a low GI and whole food diet, and reducing salt and stress are easy choices to reduce strain on kidneys and manage blood glucose.
A more difficult part of diabetes to manage is insulin resistance. Short chain fatty acids made by pre and pro biotics, are able to improve insulin sensitivity by activating colonic free fatty acid receptors Ffar2 and Ffar3 through the intestinal hormone peptides YY (PYY) and GLP-1. This means cells can absorb more glucose, rather than letting it accumulate in the blood.
NZFOS+ is low GI and recommended for diabetics by Dr. Robert Welch, who had a keen interest in studies about the positive effects of prebiotic yacon concentrate on insulin sensitivity. NZFOS+ is proven to double short chain fatty acids, this provides the key to improving insulin sensitivity and managing diabetes. Diabetes is not always reversible, but a reduction in symptoms and easier management is possible with good diet.
For more information on how you can use nutrition to manage your health condition or if NZFOS+ is right for you, please feel free to contact us.