Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD)

What is diabetic kidney disease?

Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is kidney damage caused by diabetes.

It is also known as chronic kidney disease (CKD), and diabetic nephropathy¹.

1 in 3 adults with diabetes have DKD².

The existing standards of care for kidney disease cannot predict the risk of developing DKD.


What happens when you have diabetic kidney disease?

Your kidneys’ role is to filter the waste and excess water from the blood, making urine in the process.

People with diabetes have high blood glucose levels that can progressively damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. Many people with diabetes develop high blood pressure, which can also damage the kidneys¹. Damaged kidneys means that their ability to filter out waste is reduced.

In severe cases, diabetic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure. The only treatment options for permanent kidney failure are kidney transplant or lifelong dialysis.


What are the symptoms of diabetic kidney disease?

Most patients (9 in 10) with kidney damage or reduced kidney function are asymptomatic and live unaware of their disease³.

Current tests can only detect the disease by measuring existing kidney damage, and cannot predict the risk of developing DKD.


PromarkerD offers a new approach.

The PromarkerD test system is the first test globally capable of predicting the onset of DKD.

PromarkerD predicts onset of DKD before clinical symptoms appear – in validated clinical studies the PromarkerD test system predicted 86% of otherwise healthy diabetics who went on to develop chronic kidney disease within four years. Learn more about the PromarkerD test.

The PromarkerD test allows the patient to implement preventative measures including dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and medications before kidney damage occurs. This proactive and preventative approach to healthcare leads to better health outcomes for patients and simplifies patient care for physicians.


1. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) https://niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/diabetic-kidney-disease \
2. International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas 9th Edition, 2019. https://www.diabetesatlas.org/en/resources/
3. Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States, 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/kidneydisease/publications-resources/2019-national-facts.html