Reversing Diabetic Kidney Damage with IL-17A

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University have found that cytokine IL-17A, which promotes inflammation and contributes to autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, plays both a harmful and protective role in diabetic kidney disease. They began their studies intending to explore just the harmful effects of IL-17A, but…

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Abatacept May Help Prevent Kidney Disease Caused by Diabetes

A team of researchers led by Paolo Fiorina, M.D., Ph.D. of Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School has found that abatacept may help prevent kidney disease caused by diabetes. The autoimmune drug, which works by targeting a receptor called B7-1, is prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and is also being…

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Gut Hormone Protects Kidneys, But Not When Diabetes Is Present

Joslin Diabetes Center researchers have discovered how the gut hormone GLP-1 protects the kidneys and how it’s rendered ineffective in diabetes. Produced upon eating, GLP-1 increases insulin, inhibits glucagon release, and helps to lower blood sugar. GLP-1 has been shown to improve kidney cell function, preventing kidney damage in an…

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Bariatric Surgery May Improve Kidney Damage in Type 2 Diabetics

A new study from Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute suggests that weight loss surgery may improve kidney damage in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. The researchers followed 52 patients with an average age of 51 years who had lived with diabetes for an average of almost nine years;…

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Kids with Type 2 Diabetes May Be at Greater Risk of Early Kidney Damage

Diabetes is on the rise in American children and teens. Recent studies from University of Colorado School of Public Health have uncovered a disturbing link between Type 2 diabetes in kids and the risk of early kidney damage. Our infographic below highlights the facts uncovered by the studies. Source: Diabetes…

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ACE2 Molecule May Protect Against Diabetic Complications Including Kidney Damage

A team of researchers from University of Alberta and University of Florida have shown that angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 or ACE2 can protect against diabetic complications, specifically heart damage, in diabetic mice. Their previous research demonstrated that ACE2 protects the kidneys as well. ACE2 protects by breaking down Angiotensin II, a hormone…

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