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You kidneys may be a window into your health. In fact, measures of kidney health may predict premature death.
When evaluating early kidney injuries in people, doctors monitor blood level increases of creatinine, a waste product of muscle breakdown, to understand the severity of the injury.
Certain measures of kidney health may predict who is likely to die prematurely.
Most patients with an abrupt kidney injury that does not get better do not see a kidney specialist within a year.
Damage to podocytes -- a specialized type of epithelial cell in the kidney -- occurs in more than 90 percent of all chronic kidney disease.
Impaired glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in the kidney leads to end-stage renal disease and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Patients with Type I diabetes are at an increased for kidney disease, but there are no interventions that have proved to prevent impaired GFR in these people.
Maintaining good glucose control early in the course of type 1 diabetes could lessen the long-term risk of kidney disease, as measured by a common test of kidney function.
Two studies presented during the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Kidney Week provide new information on kidney-related policies in the United States.
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