Diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy) is a major cause of death in people with diabetes. It affects about one-third of people with the condition. Recent studies have demonstrated that the onset and course of diabetic nephropathy can be improved very significantly by several kinds of intervention. However, these interventions have their greatest impact if made before or very early in the course of the development of this complication. In this article, Carrie Phillips and Mark Molitch review the evidence that these interventions are effective, and outline current recommendations regarding the prevention of diabetic nephropathy.
Kidney, Nephropathy, Risk factors, Microalbuminuria, ACE Inhibitor, Angiotensin.