Kidney Disease and Urology
- Q What is the rate of incidence for diabetic kidney disease?
Sources estimate that 12 percent to 17 percent of all adults in the United States have some form of kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and accounts for 44 percent of those with kidney failure, or end-stage kidney disease. But... Full Answer
- Q How does diabetic kidney disease affect the body?
Kidney disease develops in many cases of diabetes. It takes a long time, sometimes 15 to 25 years, for this to happen; in the majority of diabetes cases, it never happens. Because the kidneys filter out toxic wastes from the body, kidney disease causes... Full Answer
- Q Who is most at risk for diabetic kidney disease?
The incidence of diabetes is higher for blacks, American Indians, and Hispanics than for whites. Being overweight and sedentary are also risk factors for diabetes, the cause of diabetic kidney disease, as are family history and age. Although diabetic... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for diabetic kidney disease?
Not everyone develops kidney disease as a result of diabetes. There are, however, several factors that can place you at a higher risk for developing this complication. If you consume a high-protein diet and do not manage your blood sugar consistently,... Full Answer
- Q Can diabetic kidney disease be prevented?
Although diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, the majority of people with diabetes do not develop kidney disease, and its onset can be delayed or prevented. Studies show that one of the most effective ways to prevent diabetic kidney disease... Full Answer
- Q How is diabetic kidney disease diagnosed?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should be tested annually for any signs of kidney disease. The early stages of diabetic kidney disease can be diagnosed with a urine or blood test. When a protein called microalbumin is present in the urine,... Full Answer
- Q Is diabetic kidney disease serious?
Diabetic kidney disease doesn't usually appear until you have had diabetes for at least 10 years. But it is important to be tested for any kidney damage if you have diabetes, as early detection can lead to onset delay or prevention. If untreated,... Full Answer