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Diabetic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)

Diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, is the most common cause of kidney disease.

Nephropathy means your kidneys are not working well. The final stage of nephropathy is called kidney failure, end-stage renal disease, or ESRD.  Both high blood pressure and high blood glucose damage the kidneys.  If you have diabetes, it’s important to be checked regularly for kidney disease. 

Your care team will monitor the waste products in your blood and urine, and test the urine to check for a protein called albumin. Normally, urine should not contain any albumin. Having even a small amount of albumin in your urine is a sign that early kidney damage is present.

 Matthew Niemi, MD is a board-certified nephrologist with an interest in diabetic kidney disease.  Dr. Niemi treats UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence patients for chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and electrolyte disturbances.  He has also coordinated research studies on the genetic basis of diabetic kidney disease.