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Diabetic Kidney Disease (Diabetic Nephropathy)

About diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy)

In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy), as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.

What is diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy)?

Diabetic kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy, is a complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes caused by damage to the kidneys' delicate filtering system. Kidney disease or kidney damage often occurs over time in people with diabetes. This type of kidney disease is called diabetic kidney disease or diabetic nephropathy. Patients who have diabetic nephropathy need to monitor their kidney function through medical tests, including measurement of urine albumin (protein), blood creatinine and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) to prevent their condition from worsening and to understand and manage the risk of heart disease, which often occurs in patients with diabetic nephropathy.

For more information, please visit Kidney Health Australia  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


Please note that the information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, medical condition, symptoms or treatment options.


Mayo Clinic (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

The National Kidney Foundation (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

American Diabetes Association (Date last accessed 01 Feb 2017)


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