Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Multiple Autoimmune Challenges

Friday, 02 December 2011 09:03 AM

Question: I have multiple autoimmune challenges that have manifested in many ways, such as blood clots in both legs, scarring in one of my eyes, and a life-threatening hemolytic anemia. Now, I have developed sores on my body that have been very stubborn and resistant to treatment.
In addition, I am diabetic, and my kidneys are functioning at a 30.3 level. Would you be kind enough to offer your opinion as to how I can stop further damage to my kidneys and maybe stop the further drop in functioning capabilities?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
Kidneys are vital organs in our bodies. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to damage in most autoimmune disorders. You are right to think about strategies to limit further damage.
Since you have diabetes, it is important to work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Also, check your blood pressure on a regular basis. It is vital that your blood pressure remain normal. Your doctor can let you know how you can check your blood pressure at home.
In addition, eat a diet low in fat and salt, exercise most days of the week, avoid tobacco and limit alcohol intake, and be in regular touch with your doctor.

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