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 healthcare provider will monitor the waste products in your blood and urine. They will test your 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.
Dr. Matthew Niemi is a board-certified nephrologist with an interest in diabetic kidney disease. He currently sees patients in the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence for chronic kidney disease, hypertension, electrolyte disturbances, and kidney stone disease. Dr. Niemi completed his training in internal medicine and nephrology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also worked at Boston’s Joslin Diabetes Center prior to his medical training, coordinating research studies on the genetic basis of diabetic kidney disease.