Our kidneys are superheroes in our bodies. They do so much for us! Every 30 minutes, they filter all of our blood to clear out waste and toxins, they help control blood pressure, they produce substances that keep our bodies healthy and regulated, and more.

In people with type 2 diabetes, high blood glucose may cause high pressure within the filtering system of the kidney (glomerulus), which in turn causes damage to the glomerulus. When this happens, the kidneys can’t filter our blood and do other important things the way they should—this condition is called diabetic kidney disease, or DKD—and about 1 in 3 people with type 2 diabetes have it.

Your kidneys are at risk—and they’re not good at getting your attention.

DKD progresses slowly and silently—often showing no symptoms until later stages.

Diabetic kidney disease progresses slowly and silently—often showing no symptoms until later stages. In other words, your kidneys may not warn you that they’re in danger until things have advanced. People with DKD often don’t know they have it. In the meantime, damage could be building up over time, and the kidneys may eventually fail. People with kidney failure need dialysis (regular time on a machine that cleans the blood), or a kidney transplant; otherwise, serious complications including death may occur.

Speak up for your kidneys. Your doctor—and INVOKANA®—could help.

That’s a lot of scary news about your kidneys—but don’t get discouraged! Using a simple blood test, your doctor can detect kidney disease early—and now INVOKANA® can be prescribed to help.

When diabetic kidney disease is detected early, there’s a better chance of slowing the progression.

So, if you have type 2 diabetes, speak up on behalf of your amazing kidneys. Make an appointment to talk about your kidneys—and INVOKANA®—today!

To learn more about kidney disease and type 2 diabetes, and access other resources, check out the National Kidney Foundation and the American Kidney Fund.