How Diabetes Cause Kidney Disease

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ckdsite Posted: Mon, Jul 2 2012 8:16 AM

Long-time diabetes can cause various complications and one of them is kidney disease. The pathological mechanism goes as follows:

When our bodies metabolize the protein we take in, the process creates waste products. In the kidneys, millions of tiny blood vessels (capillaries) with even tinier holes in them act as filters. As blood flows through the blood vessels, small molecules such as waste products squeeze through the holes. These waste products become part of the urine. Useful substances, such as protein and red blood cells, are too big to pass through the holes in the filter and stay in the blood.

Diabetes can damage this system. High levels of blood sugar make the kidneys filter too much blood. All this extra work is hard on the filters. After many years, they start to leak and useful protein is lost in the urine. Having small amounts of protein in the urine is called microalbuminuria.

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Oh NO!  They're back!

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Now, I won't wonder how diabetes affect kidney......thank for this information.

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