December 01, 2017 By Elizabeth McCammon
New tool predicts kidney failure

Researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston have developed a tool that accurately predicts the risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD, or kidney failure) in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. These people are at high risk for developing kidney disease.

Most often the risk of kidney failure is determined by two lab tests: a urine test that looks for a protein called albumin (increased levels are an early sign of kidney damage), and a blood test that looks at how well the kidneys are working. This information is important, since early treatment and lifestyle changes can prevent or delay kidney failure. However, traditional tests may miss a large number of patients who are at high risk for kidney disease, and they also may not accurately predict when the kidneys will fail. Read more from this research news story now. Click here for other Diabetes Dialogue articles. Subscribe now for just $24, and have each issue delivered directly to your inbox!

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