What do the kidneys do?
The kidneys serve multiple crucial functions in the human body. Their primary purpose is to filter waste products out of the blood and other bodily fluids. This process creates urine and allows the body to reabsorb glucose. The kidneys also help maintain the optimal blood pressure and produce several vital hormones.
What is chronic kidney disease?
Also known as chronic renal disease, chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when the kidneys are unable to properly filter all the fluids that pass through them. CKD can present a wide variety of symptoms, with most being traced to the buildup of waste products in the blood that should have been excreted in urine. Since CKD is a chronic condition, this decrease in kidney function is observed over months or years.
How is diabetes related to chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
Diabetes is the primary cause of chronic kidney disease, accounting for 38% of all CKD cases in the United States in 2012. The other major cause of CKD is hypertension (25%), which itself is an extremely common complication of diabetes. More than 35% of people with diabetes aged 20 years or older have chronic kidney disease. CKD is a common complication for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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