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February 24, 2005

Probable trigger of kidney disease in diabetics identified

Topics: Medicine

Potentially good news for people with diabetes, since diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney failure.

Researchers identified a protein that might trigger kidney disease in diabetic patients, a condition that affects one in three people with type 1 and one in ten people with type 2 diabetes. According to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University published in the February issue of PLoS Medicine, the link between this particular protein and kidney disease points to yet another reason why it is critical that diabetics keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.

Posted by Hyscience at February 24, 2005 2:49 PM

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