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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
65 doctors shared insights

Diabetic Nephropathy (Overview)

Diabetic nephropathy is also known as Diabetic kidney disease. Diabetic nephropathy is a condition where the chronic high blood glucose of a diabetic damages the small vessels of the kidney, causing the kidney to leak protein into the urine. There are often no symptoms until the damage is severe.


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What symptoms usually go along with diabetic nephropathy?

What symptoms usually go along with diabetic nephropathy?

Usually none: This term generally refers to excessive amount of protein leaking out into the urine. It is detected by urine tests, in combination with blood testing. In severe cases, in part, you may have edema (swelling). ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
65 doctors shared insights

Diabetic Nephropathy (Overview)

Diabetic nephropathy is also known as Diabetic kidney disease. Diabetic nephropathy is a condition where the chronic high blood glucose of a diabetic damages the small vessels of the kidney, causing the kidney to leak protein into the urine. There are often no symptoms until the damage is severe.


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What are the symptoms of diabetic nephropathy?

What are the symptoms of diabetic nephropathy?

Edema: Diabetic nephropathy causes glomerular damage and leakage of proteins in the urine. If left untreated it may progress to generalized edema, and renal failure with symptoms of weakness, anemia, high blood pressure and heart disease. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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How is diabetic nephropathy diagnosed?

How is diabetic nephropathy diagnosed?

Protein in urine: If you have diabetes, early diabetic nephropathy can be suspected if your doctor tests the urine for microalbumin, and then later for protein.Usually no need to do a kidney biopsy especially if the retina of the eye also has diabetic changes.Your nephrologists determines this. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diabetic nephropathy?

What are the tests for diabetic nephropathy?

Urine tests: Urinalysis, urine Albumin to creatinine ratio, blood biochemistry, serum creatinine with GFR estimation, kidney ultrasound . Tests to consider- 24 hour urine collection, ct abdomen, magnetic resonance angiography , doppler ultrasound and kidney biopsy. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Can a hit to the kidney area cause diabetic nephropathy to accelerate?

Can a hit to the kidney area cause diabetic nephropathy to accelerate?

Not blunt trauma: A physical hit to the kidney, such as during contact sports should not worsen kidney disease due to diabetes. Diabetic nephropathy is accelerated most frequently by poor diabetes control and uncontrolled hypertension. ...Read more

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Are there non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat diabetic nephropathy?

Are there non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat diabetic nephropathy?

NO: There are no drugs that treat diabetic nephropathy per se. Diabetic nephropathy is not a curable condition. Slowing it down can be achieved by several maneuvers including controlling diabetes and hypertension well and using drug group called ace inhibitors or arb under a close supervision of a doctor since these drugs may have significant side effects. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Dmii, proteinuria reduced with lisinopril but still present after 4mos. Is this diabetic nephropathy & can pcp handle or do I need specialist?

Dmii, proteinuria reduced with lisinopril but still present after 4mos. Is this diabetic nephropathy & can pcp handle or do I need specialist?

Most likely: Common things are common. Fits diabetic nephropathy. I am a nephrologist so I am biased toward having you see someone like me. We can ensure that any other possible causes of kidney damage have been considered and we can assist your primary care doctor in caring for you using the latest recommendations for the evaluation and treatment of kidney disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Nephropathy (Definition)

Nephropathy is also known as Kidney diseases. Nephropathy is a medical term that refers to disease of the kidney. There are many causes. It can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, uric acid, abnormal proteins, cancers, blood vessel blockages in the kidney, it can be minimal or or it can be severe ...Read more


Dr. Tarek Naguib
2,369 doctors shared insights

Kidney Diseases (Definition)

Kidney diseases include hereditary problems such as polycystic kidney disease, structural abnormalities, infections, cancer, and damage to kidneys due to other medical conditions ...Read more