Diabetic Nephropathy: Early Intervention is Key!
Article author: Dr. Riham Z Fardoun, Pharm.D. Pharmacy Doctor; Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Heart and Kidney Institute; Texas, United States.
The earliest clinical evidence of diabetic nephropathy is the presence of microalbumiuria, defined as the appearance of low but abnormal levels (greater than 300 mg in a 24-hour collection) of albumin in the urine. Clinically, diabetic nephropathy is characterized by a progressive increase in proteinuria and decline in GFR, hypertension, and a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Thus, the finding of microalbuminuria should trigger screening for possible vascular diseases and aggressive intervention to reduce all cardiovascular risk factors in patients with diabetes type 1 and 2. . Diabetic Nephropathy – Early intervention is the key!- The Doctors Lounge(TM)