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Kidney Disease Makes Diabetes Deadlier

Kidney Disease Makes Diabetes Deadlier

Those afflicted with kidney disease are more likely to die from type 2 diabetes, raising the importance of maintaining kidney health for diabetics, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (January 24).

Researchers at the University of Washington, in a survey of 15,000 individuals, found that ten-year death rates were 31% for people with both type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, compared with 12% for people with just diabetes and 8% for those with neither condition.

"People with type-two diabetes have many other risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality, so we expected that kidney disease would predict a part, but not a majority, of higher mortality," said lead researcher Dr. Maryam Afkarian.

People with type 2 diabetes do not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert food into energy. The best way to conserve kidney health is to manage blood sugar levels and having a doctor examine them yearly.

by RTT Staff Writer

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