Kimmelstiel-Wilson disease; Diabetic glomerulosclerosis; Nephropathy - diabetic
Often, there are no symptoms as the kidney damage starts and slowly gets worse. Kidney damage can begin 5 to 10 years before symptoms start.
People who have more severe kidney disease may have a poor appetite, feel tired most of the time, and have a
Signs and tests
Tests your doctor orders can often find signs of kidney problems in the early stages.
Once a year, you should have a urine test. It looks for a protein called albumin. Because the test looks for small amounts of albumin, it is sometimes called a test for
When you have diabetes, your doctor will test your urine for too much protein at least once a year. Too much protein is often a sign of kidney damage.
High blood pressure often goes along with diabetic nephropathy. You may have high blood pressure that begins quickly or is hard to control.
Your doctor will also check your kidneys with the following blood tests every year:
BUN Serum creatinine
Other lab tests that may be done include:
- Blood levels of phosphorus, calcium, bicarbonate, PTH, and potassium
Protein electrophoresis - urine