Diabetic Kidney Disease

What is diabetic kidney disease?

Diabetic kidney disease is kidney damage caused by diabetes. It is also known as DKD, chronic kidney disease, CKD, and diabetic nephropathy 1.

How do you get diabetic kidney disease?

People with diabetes have high blood glucose or blood sugar levels. Over time, high blood glucose can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. Many people with diabetes also develop high blood pressure, which can also damage the kidneys 1.

What happens when you have diabetic kidney disease?

The kidney’s main job is to filter waste and extra water from the blood in the body to make urine. If the kidneys are damaged, then waste and fluids will build up in the blood instead of leaving the body. Kidney damage can also lead to other health problems 1.

In severe cases, diabetic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure. The only treatment options for kidney failure are a kidney transplant or dialysis 1.

What are the symptoms of diabetic kidney disease?

Most people with diabetic kidney disease do not have symptoms 1.

How do you diagnose diabetic kidney disease?

It is important to diagnose diabetic kidney disease early, as this allows the patient to take steps to protect their kidneys from more damage.

As there are no early symptoms of diabetic kidney disease and the current tests can only detect the disease once there has been kidney damage, the current recommendation is to get annual tests for kidney disease if the patient:

  • Has type 2 diabetes
  • Has had type 1 diabetes for more than 5 years 1

PromarkerD offers a new approach to managing diabetic kidney disease.

In clinical studies, PromarkerD predicted 86% of previously disease-free patients who went on to develop diabetic kidney disease within four years.

The PromarkerD test allows the patient to implement preventative measures before kidney damage occurs. This proactive and preventative approach to healthcare leads to better health outcomes for the patient 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