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How Does Diabetic Nephropathy Cause Oedema

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How Does Diabetic Nephropathy Cause Oedema

Diabetic Nephropathy patients often have oedema especially lower limb swelling. How does Diabetic Nephropathy cause oedema? After reading this article, you will find out the answer.

-Renal insufficiency

It is the most common cause of oedema. When kidney damage appears, massive protein leakage, declined GFR and severe hypoproteinemia can all cause swelling. You can take a look at your urine test and blood test to check indexes, such as proteinuria, creatinine and BUN.

-Heart disease

Diabetes can cause cardiovascular disease. In severe case, cardiac insufficiency can cause congestion systemic circulation and water and sodium retention, leading to swelling. Besides, you may have palpitation, chest distress, shortness of breath and other cardiovascular symptoms.

-Peripheral neuropathy

Plant nerves (mainly sympathetic nerve) are damaged. This can cause peripheral vasodilatation congestion and lower limb venous silting so as to give rise to swelling. Besides neurotrophic disorder can increase local capillary permeability, leading to oedema. This symptom often goes together with numb, stinging, etc.

-Lower extremity venous disease

This disease can block venous return, leading to venous high pressure so as to cause oedema. But it only appears on one side.

-Foot infection

Food infection can also contribute to swelling, but increased local skin temperature, red skin and pain often go together.

-Severe malnutrition

Because of over diet restriction, inadequate intake of calory and protein, hypoproteinemia and malnutrition will occur. They can cause swelling.

-Side effects of certain medicines

Antidiabetic drugs and antihypertensive drugs can cause water retention, but it disappears when you stop those medications.


Oedema will appear when you have hypothyroidism, but it is not pitting edema. Besides, you may have weakness, coldness, slow heart beat, constipation and other symptoms.

-Idiopathic edema

It usually presents among female diabetics.

Because there are so many factors that can lead to swelling, you should have a clear diagnosis of your disease to find out the accurate reason and then take corresponding measures to relieve it.

How does Diabetic Nephropathy cause oedema? Now you get the answer. If you still have any questions on Diabetic Nephropathy, please leave a message blow or contact online doctor. We are glad to help you.

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