What is Diabetes and Kidney Disease?

Anyone with diabetes knows the highs and lows of the disease. Even the strict control fluctuations in blood sugar levels can happen. Lack of control over the disease can lead to consistently high blood sugar levels that can lead to serious complications. When blood sugars are elevated over a period of time, the increased sugar in the bloodstream will cause damage to the filtering system in the kidneys. CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) is avoidable with diabetes with management and control, but once high blood sugars damage the kidneys, the damage is irreversible. Even with a CKD diagnosis,the progression of kidney disease is manageable, as you can slow the progression of the disease with proper intervention. 

Our goal at UCLA is to research new drugs and treatments of CKD with the goal of slowing the progression of the disease. With funds raised through this website, we invest in outreach and education, and researching cutting edge technologies and medicine to prevent, treat or delay the progression of  kidney disease. We also educate the public in new diet ideas that are fit for a realistic lifestyle, and the breakthroughs in medical advancement in the treatment of CKD.

Awareness Counts! Studies show improvement in glycemic control concordantly with increased patient awareness.

Data from survey periods starting from 2007-2014 showed a positive correlation between increased patient awareness of HbA1c test results and targets and improved glycemic control.

  • The proportion of participants who were aware of the target HbA1c level set by their clinician increased from 74% to 90%.
  • The proportion of patient with diabetes reported to having an HbA1c test within the past year increased from 55% to 78%.
  • Similarly, the proportion of patients who were aware of their past year HbA1c result increased from 52% to 74%.

Source: The Jama Network, November 2017
Contributed by:Niloofar Nobakht, MD.

Read an in depth overview of Diabetes & Kidney Disease from Ramy Hanna, MD by clicking here

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