Real Kidney Living

Cause and Effect: The Diabetes and CKD Connection w/ Ms. Alexandra Snyder

November 05, 2020 Northeast Kidney Foundation Season 1 Episode 9
Real Kidney Living
Cause and Effect: The Diabetes and CKD Connection w/ Ms. Alexandra Snyder
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Real Kidney Living
Cause and Effect: The Diabetes and CKD Connection w/ Ms. Alexandra Snyder
Nov 05, 2020 Season 1 Episode 9
Northeast Kidney Foundation

Welcome back, everyone! I know we’ve talked a lot about kidney disease but I wanted to take today and build awareness regarding another associated condition. This condition is one that is so prevalent in our society and takes a routine monitoring schedule, tracking of activities of daily living and incredible perseverance to overcome. It is also one of the most prevalent risk factors for chronic kidney disease and it is... Diabetes. Today, I have the privilege of discussing my guest’s journey with this condition and how she has overcome adversity and in both her gestures, community involvement and personally to me in my girlfriend, Ms. Alexandra Snyder. 

Alexandra’s questions – 

1.) Tell us a little about yourself and can you give us insight as to what the daily monitoring is like?

I’m 21 years old and have had Diabetes for the past 20 years. I also have Celiac disease and this tends to run hand in hand with Diabetes. I love to be outside, spend time with friends and ultimately, try to manage my condition to the best of my ability. Every day is different from one another. Normally, each morning would start off with a finger stick and doing insulin with my normal coffee and eating in the afternoon with a finger stick if you’re high. It can be dependent on exercise, water or different ways to treat lows. Some of the hardships involve my sensor with different readings and can be hit or miss. Ultimately, it’s something that has saved my life, especially during the night when I don’t feel my lows. I try to eat the same food everyday, but sometimes there are additional factors like stress, anxiety, work BUT ultimately, it is possible to see the light have a good day.

2.) As some might now, November is Diabetes Awareness Month, can you tell us a little about events and activities that you have participated in as a result of this month?

I call it “my month” as it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. I remember that I used to participate in the JDRF walks and me and my whole neighborhood used to have a team called “Ally’s snacks.” And we used to sell snacks and it was just a day of positivity. Another thing that I used to do was the “sugar pre-game meetings” with children and families to support one another through this disease. One of my favorite events held is the OneHope Ball and it’s all about Diabetes Awareness. 

3.) Can you tell us about the connection between Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes and how they keep you vigilant?

I do know that there’s a link between chronic kidney disease and diabetes. When your blood sugars run high for an extended period of time. The excess glucose damage the vessels in your kidneys and kidney failure in addition to other complications. I think knowing that this damage can happen very quickly has kept me vigilant. On its own, Diabetes has made hyper-vigilant about complications that could arise from it. 

4.) Can you tell us a little about your support system and how it’s helped you throughout time?

When you’re a baby, you’re not able to take care of yourself. For the majority of my childhood up until kindergarten, my parents controlled my blood sugars and carb counted for me. I’m very thankful for everything that they did and keeping me alive. I really leaned on other friends in the Diabetes community as I got older. My family is still very involved, my mom will ask me how my sugars are. If I was ever to need anything, I know that they would be there. I feel as though you, Doug are incredibly important. Everyone that I am close to offers some form of support. 


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Show Notes

Welcome back, everyone! I know we’ve talked a lot about kidney disease but I wanted to take today and build awareness regarding another associated condition. This condition is one that is so prevalent in our society and takes a routine monitoring schedule, tracking of activities of daily living and incredible perseverance to overcome. It is also one of the most prevalent risk factors for chronic kidney disease and it is... Diabetes. Today, I have the privilege of discussing my guest’s journey with this condition and how she has overcome adversity and in both her gestures, community involvement and personally to me in my girlfriend, Ms. Alexandra Snyder. 

Alexandra’s questions – 

1.) Tell us a little about yourself and can you give us insight as to what the daily monitoring is like?

I’m 21 years old and have had Diabetes for the past 20 years. I also have Celiac disease and this tends to run hand in hand with Diabetes. I love to be outside, spend time with friends and ultimately, try to manage my condition to the best of my ability. Every day is different from one another. Normally, each morning would start off with a finger stick and doing insulin with my normal coffee and eating in the afternoon with a finger stick if you’re high. It can be dependent on exercise, water or different ways to treat lows. Some of the hardships involve my sensor with different readings and can be hit or miss. Ultimately, it’s something that has saved my life, especially during the night when I don’t feel my lows. I try to eat the same food everyday, but sometimes there are additional factors like stress, anxiety, work BUT ultimately, it is possible to see the light have a good day.

2.) As some might now, November is Diabetes Awareness Month, can you tell us a little about events and activities that you have participated in as a result of this month?

I call it “my month” as it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. I remember that I used to participate in the JDRF walks and me and my whole neighborhood used to have a team called “Ally’s snacks.” And we used to sell snacks and it was just a day of positivity. Another thing that I used to do was the “sugar pre-game meetings” with children and families to support one another through this disease. One of my favorite events held is the OneHope Ball and it’s all about Diabetes Awareness. 

3.) Can you tell us about the connection between Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes and how they keep you vigilant?

I do know that there’s a link between chronic kidney disease and diabetes. When your blood sugars run high for an extended period of time. The excess glucose damage the vessels in your kidneys and kidney failure in addition to other complications. I think knowing that this damage can happen very quickly has kept me vigilant. On its own, Diabetes has made hyper-vigilant about complications that could arise from it. 

4.) Can you tell us a little about your support system and how it’s helped you throughout time?

When you’re a baby, you’re not able to take care of yourself. For the majority of my childhood up until kindergarten, my parents controlled my blood sugars and carb counted for me. I’m very thankful for everything that they did and keeping me alive. I really leaned on other friends in the Diabetes community as I got older. My family is still very involved, my mom will ask me how my sugars are. If I was ever to need anything, I know that they would be there. I feel as though you, Doug are incredibly important. Everyone that I am close to offers some form of support. 


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