Preventing Kidney Failure When You Have Diabetes

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Diabetes is the cause of approximately 44 percent of all new cases of kidney disease*. That’s why the American Diabetes Association and DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care, have teamed up to encourage you to get tested for kidney disease.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, have a microalbumin test done annually. The test checks urine for a protein called albumin and will help your doctor detect any kidney damage. Additionally, ask your doctor to measure your serum creatinine levels at least annually**. The serum creatinine should be used to estimate glomerular filtration rate and stage the level of chronic kidney disease if present.

* The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2014).
** ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations 2013 published in Diabetes Care Vol. 36, Supplement 1 Jan 2013, p. s7-s8.[n1]
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