Most Long-Term Type 1 Diabetes Patients Have Kidney Disease

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh reveals that most patients suffering from long-term Type 1 diabetes (T1D) have at least some level of kidney disease. Researchers studied a cohort of men and women with childhood-onset T1D diagnosed between 1950 to 1980 to assess the cumulative kidney complication risk after 50 years of living with the disease. They found that by 50 years, 60% of the cohort suffered from end-stage renal disease; 72% were affected by macroalbuminuria and 88% by microalbuminuria.

Though incidence of ESRD has declined in recent cohorts, more than 25% of the population are affected by ESRD at 40 years’ duration.


Kidney Damage Seen in Most Patients with Long-Lasting T1D, Medical Xpress, October 30, 2017

Cumulative Kidney Complication Risk by 50 Years of Type 1 Diabetes: The Effects of Sex, Age, and Calendar Year at Onset, Diabetes Care, October 2017

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