Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

Q:
I am a 60 year old male who has had diabetes for about 30 years. I have developed chronic renal failure because of the diabetes. At present my kidney function is stable and my morning blood glucose runs between 90 to 120. I have also developed arthritis problems and because of my kidney problems cannot take the usual arthritis drugs. I have become aware of the use of glucosamine chondroitin for arthritis. My question is will this supplement endanger my kidneys?

A:
No, these supplements will not interfere. You should also be taking essential fatty acids (fish oils) and a comprehensive multiple vitamin that is free of colors and preservatives since they can be hard on the kidneys. With blood sugars in good control, it sounds as though you have gotten on top of things nutritionally as well. Cow dairy products, tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant are just some of the items that have been implicated in aggravating your condition. Eat as whole and fresh as possible, and you should feel a bit better.

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