Researchers move one step closer to understanding the number one cause of kidney failure
Researchers identified a protein that might trigger kidney disease in diabetic patients, a condition that affects one in three people with type 1 and one in ten people with type 2 diabetes. According to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University published in the February issue of PLoS Medicine, the link between this particular protein and kidney disease points to yet another reason why it is critical that diabetics keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.
Kidney disease in diabetics, known as diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney failure worldwide. It is known that this disease occurs more frequently in people from South Asia and Africa, in men, in patients whose blood sugar is poorly controlled, and in those who either have high blood pressure or smoke. However, scientists do not fully understand how diabetes damages the kidneys.
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