Medical Dictionary: Diabetic kidney disease
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Diabetic kidney disease: Another name for Diabetic Nephropathy.
Diabetic kidney disease (condition): Kidney disease from diabetic blood sugars.
Diabetic kidney disease (condition): Damage to the kidney called "nephropathy" is a common long-term complication of diabetes. It can start as minor damage causing poor filtration, but can progress, especially if untreated, to chronic kidney failure (renal failure), requiring blood dialysis or kidney transplant. Kidney failure can ultimately cause death.
Kidney damage arises mainly from diabetic high blood sugars causing damage to the very small blood vessels (called microangiopathy or microvascular disease) in the kidney's filtration area. High blood pressure can also exacerbate any damage by adding to the stress on the blood vessels.
Diabetic kidney disease:
Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure, accounting for
more than 40 percent of new cases. Even when drugs and diet are able to
control diabetes, the disease can lead to nephropathy and kidney failure.
Most people with diabetes do not develop nephropathy that is severe enough
to cause kidney failure. About 16 million people in the United States have
diabetes, and about 100,000 people have kidney failure as a result of
More information on medical condition: Diabetic Nephropathy:
- Introduction: Diabetic Nephropathy
- Basic Summary for Diabetic Nephropathy
- Symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy
- Complications of Diabetic Nephropathy
- Diagnostic Tests for Diabetic Nephropathy
- Misdiagnosis of Diabetic Nephropathy
- Treatments for Diabetic Nephropathy
- Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
1. excerpt from Kidney Disease of Diabetes: NIDDK
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