Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Learn how to manage diabetes and how to prevent kidney disease.


Northwest Kidney Centers works to prevent kidney disease by helping people understand how to avoid or manage diabetes. We aim to address health disparities, reach underserved populations, and respond to community needs by supporting local, grassroots diabetes education in western Washington. Dr. Anne Pesenson is medical advisor for our community diabetes kidney health initiative.

Here are some resources we recommend:


African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry
Locate diabetes workshops in King County.

American Diabetes Association
Learn how to monitor your diabetes and stay healthy.

Centers for Disease Control Diabetes page
Access a range of diabetes information from tips to resources for delaying and living with diabetes.

Diabetes Food Hub
Find solutions to daily meal planning challenges: an innovative meal planner, editable shopping lists, tips from food experts and more.

Diabetes and Your Kidneys
If you are living with diabetes, there are several things you can do to keep your kidneys healthy. Find out how and what to ask your doctor. If you need copies of the diabetes card mailed to you, please contact Syrenka Slettebak at 206-720-8540 or syrenka.slettebak@nwkidney.org.

Do I Have Prediabetes?
Take the risk quiz to learn more. One third of Americans have prediabetes.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Learn about the disease and how to prevent complications.

Washington 2-1-1
Search for local diabetes prevention classes, diabetes self-management workshops and other resources.

Washington State Diabetes Connection
Find out about free diabetes educational workshops in Washington and get tips to help you stay healthy with diabetes.

World Diabetes Day
Each year the global campaign focuses on different factors that influence the risk of diabetes and its complications. See this year’s focus.

If you have questions about Northwest Kidney Centers work in the community to fight diabetes, contact Syrenka Slettebak at 206-720-8540 or syrenka.slettebak@nwkidney.org.