Saturday, 27 March 2010

Pre-Diabetes Patients & Kidney Disease

Pre-Diabetes Patients Have Extremely High Cases of Kidney Disease

Researchers have drawn a connection between the prevalence of kidney disease among undiagnosed people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) recently released the results on findings taken from 1999 to 2006.

Participants in the study filled out the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and were aged 20 and older. The questionnaire "is a representative survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized US population."

Findings concluded that participants with pre-diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes had a 70 percent higher prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The shocking estimates also point out that if this is true, that means about 13 million American adults who are pre-diabetes or undiagnosed, have kidney disease, both being somewhat "silent" but dangerous.

"Thus, greater community awareness of diabetes and its risk factors may be needed to improve detection of both diabetes and subsequent chronic kidney disease among these individuals." About 8,200 Americans participated in the survey that is now causing reason for further study.

Early diagnosis of diabetes can help prevent chronic kidney disease. High blood glucose levels can be damaging to kidneys because it's the organ responsible for filtering waste from the blood. For the kidneys to work properly over long periods of time, blood sugar levels must remain within healthy ranges.

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