What is Diabetic Kidney Disease?
Diabetic Mellitus (DM) or simply, diabetes, is a common metabolic disease that affects a large population across the world. In the United States, diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure and accounts for over one-third of all dialysis patients. In India, diabetes along with hypertension accounts for over 50% of kidney failure.
Diabetic Mellitus impairs the function of many organs such as the heart, kidneys, nerves, blood vessels and eyes as it affects the micro-circulation of these vital organs. In diabetes there is deposition in certain layer of smaller arteries and capillaries of a plaque that impairs the circulation. It also leads to calcification of the larger arteries.
Diabetes is the most common cause of amputation of toes and feet due to peripheral vascular disease of the lower limbs. The other common problem is of blindness due to retinal damage -from micro-angiopathy.
Type-I Diabetes occurs when the pancreas secretes very little, or no, insulin and the patient has to be given shots of the hormone for survival. This condition is known as Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus or IDDM - I.
The onset of IDDM I is abrupt and occurs early in life; it commonly occurs among children and young adults. Hence it is also known as juvenile onset diabetes.
In the case of type-2 diabetes, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, or NIDDM II, the problem occurs due to peripheral resistance to insulin. It usually occurs in susceptible individuals above the age of 40 years. Nearly 95 percent of diabetes cases are type-2 diabetes.
A person with this condition is unable to metabolize carbohydrates, such as starch and, sugar and this leads to increased levels of sugar in the blood and urine. Many with diabetes are unable to reproduce adequate quantities of insulin.
The symptoms become evident long after the actual damage sets in.
The best way to diagnose kidney damage is through a simple urine test which can detect traces of protein. An additional blood test may also be carried out to evaluate kidney function.
Deterioration of kidney function can lead to a build- up of toxic substances and fluids which in turn can lead to kidney damage. It is important to start treatment early, as continued damage can lead to kidney failure. Incidentally, kidney damage is one of the foremost reasons for kidney failure. Once kidneys have failed the only method of management is a dialysis or a kidney transplant. It is possible to minimize kidney damage and to prevent it from worsening through medications, lifestyle modifications and insulin shots according to patients requirements.
Latest Publications and Research on Diabetic Kidney DiseaseSmoking and chronic kidney disease in healthy populations. - Published by PubMed
Study on the relationship between Chinese medicine constitutive susceptibility and diversity of syndrome in diabetic nephropathy. - Published by PubMed
To RAS or Not to RAS? The Evidence for and Cautions with Renin-Angiotensin System Inhibition in Patients with Diabetic Kidney Disease. - Published by PubMed
Lessons From the KK-Ay Mouse, a Spontaneous Animal Model for the Treatment of Human Type 2 Diabetic Nephropathy. - Published by PubMed
Changes in the expression of bone morphogenetic protein 7 and tamm- horsfall protein in the early stages of diabetic nephropathy. - Published by PubMed