More than 30 percent of patients who are later diagnosed with type 2 diabetes show signs of chronic kidney disease (CKD) – a common diabetes complication – prior to their diagnosis, according to a study conducted at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and VA MidSouth Healthcare Network in Nashville. Results of this study were published in PLoS One.
For this study, researchers examined data on 36,794 U.S. veterans diagnosed with diabetes between 2003 and 2013 and found that 31.6 percent had prior evidence of kidney disease, based on two measures of kidney function – estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and urine-albumin-creatine ratios.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development, about 20 million people in the United States – 10 percent of the population — have CKD, and diabetes is the leading cause. Approximately one-third of adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease.