Diabetes affects 3 main organs: the kidneys, the eyes, and the nerves.
Diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney disease in the US and the incidence is rising around the world. When diabetes affects the kidneys it is called “Diabetic Nephropathy”
The earliest sign of diabetes affecting your kidney is protein in the urine and this is known as microalbuminuria. The longer you have diabetes, the greater the risk for protein excretion in the urine. Some of the major risk factors for diabetes affecting your kidney are poor blood sugar control, hypertension, smoking, male sex and family history.
Detecting it early gives us the opportunity to delay or prevent progression of Chronic Kidney Disease to End Stage Kidney Disease.