Diabetic nephropathy is kidney damage that occurs with diabetes.
It can keep the kidneys from doing their job of removing waste and extra fluid from the body. In some people, this can lead to kidney failure.
Blood passes through small filters in the kidneys. Changes in the blood vessels due to diabetes can cause damage to these filters. This can make it hard for them to clean the blood properly and cause protein from the blood to leak into the urine. If left untreated, this can lead to kidney failure.
may be needed for those with kidney failure. Dialysis takes over the job of the kidneys. Blood passes out of the body into a machine. The machine filters waste out of the blood then pumps blood back to the body.
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Last reviewed July 2021 by
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James Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 8/17/2021
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