Diabetes and high blood pressure the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease. If you have these conditions for a long period of time and do not treat them in the right way, this can affect your heart and lead to heart disease.

  • Diabetes: When you have diabetes, too much sugar stays in your blood. This can damage both the blood vessels in the kidneys and in the heart.
  • High blood pressure: Damaged kidneys may release too much of an enzyme called renin, which helps to control blood pressure. This increases your risk for heart attack, congestive heart failure and stroke.

Talk to your doctor about being tested for diabetes and high blood pressure, and work with them to create and follow a treatment plan.