Study uncovers unusually high rates of kidney disease among adult diabetic patients

An Irish study conducted at the National University of Ireland Galway uncovered unusually high rates of kidney disease in adult patients with diabetes.

According to their research published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, an examination of over 4,500 adult patients yielded the finding that around 42 percent of patients have shown indications of chronic kidney disease.

The researchers uncovered those findings following blood and urine tests of the diabetic patients.

“The findings tell us that adults living with diabetes in Ireland have rates of chronic kidney disease and rapid decline in kidney function that are comparable to, or greater than, populations which have been studied in the UK, other European countries, the US and Asia,” researchers explained in a news release.

“The study provides important information for people with diabetes because new treatments and interventions are emerging which may offer better protection of kidney function over time when introduced in the early stages of chronic kidney disease.”

The study was released on March 14th, 2021.

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