Diabetic Kidney Diseases & Management

Diabetic kidney disease is defined as macro albuminuria (albumin to creatinine ratio [ACR] >35 mg/mmol [400 mg/g]), or micro albuminuria (ACR 3.5-35.0 mg/mmol [35-400 mg/g]) associated with retinopathy (type 1 Diabetes or type 2 diabetes) and/or >11 years' duration of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).The terms 'moderately increased albuminuria' and 'severely increased albuminuria' are now frequently used instead of micro albuminuria and macro albuminuria. In most patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease can be attributable to diabetes mellitus if these criteria are met. Other causes of diabetic kidney diseases should be considered in the presence of any of the following circumstances: rapidly decreasing GFR, absence of diabetic retinopathy, presence of active urinary sediment, or signs or symptoms of other systemic disease. The characteristic clinical presentation is progressive albuminuria, hypertension, and decline in GFR in a long-standing (duration >11 years) diabetic patient. The diagnosis is most of the time conclusively made by kidney biopsy, though it is rarely necessary.

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