A new report has suggested that people with undiagnosed diabetes and pre-diabetes might already be suffering from kidney damage . The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, claims that millions in America could have chronic kidney disease without realising.
Laura C. Plantinga of the University of California, San Francisco, reportedly commented: “Our research indicates that much of the CKD burden in the United States is in persons with prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes, who are not being screened for CKD.” CKD is an abbreviation of Chronic Kidney Disease, one of the complications of unmanaged diabetes.
Plantinga reportedly continued: “Based on these results, there may be a substantial number of individuals in the United States-up to 13 million-who have undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes and who already have signs of kidney damage and/or reduced kidney function. Persons at risk for diabetes and their health care providers should be aware that earlier screening for both diabetes and kidney disease may be warranted. Earlier screening would allow for appropriate, timely medical care to prevent further progression and poor outcomes.”

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