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Weight-Loss Surgery May Improve Diabetes-Related Kidney Damage

Posted 20 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 20 – Weight-loss surgery may reduce the risk of kidney disease in obese people with diabetes, according to a small study. The study included 52 patients, mostly female, who were obese and had type 2 diabetes. Nearly 40 percent of the patients had diabetic nephropathy, a form of kidney damage that can require dialysis and lead to kidney failure. All of the patients underwent bariatric surgery, intended to help people lose weight. Most had a type of bariatric surgery known as gastric bypass, in which the stomach is stapled to make it smaller, and the small intestine is rerouted to the smaller pouch. Five years after surgery, nearly 60 percent of the patients who'd had diabetic nephropathy no longer had the condition, the researchers said. They also found that only 25 percent of those who did not have diabetic nephropathy at the time of surgery eventually developed the ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastric Bypass Surgery, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Diabetic Nephropathy

Diabetic Kidney Disease Rising in the U.S.

Posted 22 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21 – The frequency of diabetic kidney disease has increased in line with rising rates of diabetes in the United States over the past two decades, a new study finds. About 40 percent of people with diabetes develop diabetic kidney disease (DKD), which is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease and accounts for nearly half of all new cases of kidney failure in the United States, according to background information in the study in the June 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers analyzed national data from the past two decades, and found that the prevalence of DKD in the U.S. population was 2.2 percent in 1988-94, 2.8 percent in 1999-2004 and 3.3 percent in 2005-08. The demographically adjusted increase in DKD prevalence was 18 percent from 1988-94 to 1999-2004 and 34 percent from 1988-94 to 2005-08. The estimated number of people ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Kidney Disease, Diabetic Nephropathy

High-Dose Vitamin B Risky for Diabetics With Kidney Disease

Posted 27 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 27 – High-dose vitamin B therapy is dangerous for diabetics with kidney disease, and patients on this regimen should stop immediately, says a new study. When the researchers began the study, they believed it would show that high-dose vitamin B therapy (folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12) would improve patients' kidney function and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. But it turned out that patients on high-dose vitamin B therapy had significant worsening of kidney function, and twice as many heart and stroke incidents as patients taking a placebo. "Because B vitamins are water soluble, we suspect that while healthy people would excrete excess vitamins in urine, those with renal failure would not be able to do so, perhaps causing the adverse effects we have seen in this study," Dr. David Spence, of the University of Western Ontario in Canada, said in a ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Kidney Disease, Diabetic Nephropathy

Diabetics Less Prone Now to End-Stage Kidney Disease

Posted 29 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 29 – The incidence of end-stage kidney disease, one of the most serious complications of diabetes, rose steadily in people with diabetes for decades. But, in 1996, the rate of diabetes-related end-stage kidney disease finally began to decline. Since that time, the incidence has dropped steadily – about 3.9 percent a year, a new government study finds. "The incidence had decreased for all age groups and for both men and women," noted study author Nilka Rios Burrows, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the study was not designed to find the cause behind the decline, Burrows said that based on other studies, they believe that early detection and treatment of kidney disease in people with diabetes is likely one factor behind the decline. In addition, better control of diabetes and high blood pressure – especially the use of ... Read more

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