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I am a Diabetic. My doctor has stated that my kidneys are

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I am a Diabetic. My doctor has stated that my kidney's are functioning at 50% and have just found out is he right in suggesting I drink lots of water? Why is this?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

That is unusual advice with decreasing kidney function.

Mysticdoc :

Normally we suggest the opposite --that is water restriction since kidneys have to work hard with more water intake.

Mysticdoc :

However, there is an exception.

Mysticdoc :

if you are dehydrated, then that can also cause decrease in kidney function.

Mysticdoc :

In that case, a repeat blood test will show improvement with water intake.

Mysticdoc :

However, given the history of diabetes, your kidney problem is likely due to the diabetes.

Mysticdoc :

Too much water is not recommended in that case.

Mysticdoc :

You should consult with a kidney specialist ( nephrologist) for further evaluation.

Mysticdoc :

besides repeat blood test, you will also need kidney ultrasound, urine tests to properly assess your kidney problem.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,


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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.
Mysticdoc : The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.
Mysticdoc : Hi there,
I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to help you with your concerns.
Mysticdoc : That is unusual advice with decreasing kidney function.
Mysticdoc : Normally we suggest the opposite --that is water restriction since kidneys have to work hard with more water intake.
Mysticdoc : However, there is an exception.
Mysticdoc : if you are dehydrated, then that can also cause decrease in kidney function.
Mysticdoc : In that case, a repeat blood test will show improvement with water intake.
Mysticdoc : However, given the history of diabetes, your kidney problem is likely due to the diabetes.
Mysticdoc : Too much water is not recommended in that case.
Mysticdoc : You should consult with a kidney specialist ( nephrologist) for further evaluation.
Mysticdoc : besides repeat blood test, you will also need kidney ultrasound, urine tests to properly assess your kidney problem.
Mysticdoc : Best wishes,
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