Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Diabetic Kidney Disease, New Prevention Target Found

Scientists work to prevent diabetic kidney disease

Diabetic kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy, is a serious complication of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, affecting up to about 30 percent of individuals with the disease.

Preventing kidney damage is a challenge, which is why a new prevention target discovered by scientists could be good news.

The kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessels with filters that process waste products. Diabetes can damage this process, as high levels of sugar in the blood, over time, can excessively stress the filtering system and cause leaks.

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