The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that with consistent increase in the number of diabetes cases in the United States, a potential decrease in the number of kidney failures was observed.
As per the data examined for the duration, 2000-2014, the rate of renal failure that required kidney transplant or dialysis has been reduced by nearly 33 percent. The survey included data from all the 50 states along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Nilka Rios Burrows, Epidemiologist at the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation said, “Continued awareness of risk factors for kidney failure and interventions to improve diabetes care might sustain and improve these trends.”
The researchers reported that people with diabetes seemingly have a better control over their blood pressure and blood sugar; the two major factors that lead to kidney failure. The researchers also found that certain drugs like ACE inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers lower blood pressure and lowers the function of kidney.
Nephrologist, Dr. Maria DeVita, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told, “In addition, there has been a significant increase in those patients undergoing preemptive kidney transplant, thus not technically reaching [end-stage kidney failure] and therefore not being captured on federal forms.”
The researchers noted that most of the people facing kidney failure are patient of diabetics and they are not aware of the problem. Thus, there is a need for the pre-diagnosis of kidney diseases in diabetics. This will help in the prevention of severe renal problems.
CDC reported that more than 9 % of the Americans are suffering from the diabetes type 2 and so, its prevention will help in reducing the risks associated with chronic kidney diseases.
According to health experts, changes and lifestyle and modifications in the diet along with weight management will help in reducing the ill-effects of diabetes.
DeVita also said, “Diabetic kidney disease remains a major health concern and certainly more work needs to be done.”