Early Identification of Kidney Disease

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Early Identification of Kidney Disease

The Importance of Early Identification

Why is it important to look for the early signs of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in your patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)?

  • One of the earliest complications of T2DM is kidney decline1
  • If recognised early, kidney disease in diabetes can be effectively slowed down2
  • Early screening and using medications with proven effectiveness can reduce the burden of DKD2
  • 38% of patients with T2DM haven’t had a urine albumin check within the last year3

The role of ACR and eGFR as early markers of DKD

A bar graph showing progression of diabetic kidney disease
  • Whole-kidney GFR may remain normal even in the presence of considerable loss of nephron mass4
    • The graph indicates that by the time the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) falls below 60 mL/min/1.73 m2, the patient may have already lost 60-80% of their nephron mass4
  • By using ACR testing, early signs of DKD can be detected before significant nephron loss has occurred4

Using ACR and/or eGFR categories to assess a patients risk

  • 38% of patients with T2DM haven’t had a urine albumin check within the last year3
A bar graph showing risk of diabetes in a patient

Professor David Wheeler explains the importance of early detection of DKD in
people with T2DM


ACR: Albumin Creatinine Ratio; DKD: Diabetic Kidney Disease; eGFR: estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate; T2DM: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

  • 1. Afkarian M, Sachs MC, Kestenbaum B, et al. Kidney disease and increased mortality risk in type 2 diabetes. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013;24(2):302-308. doi:10.1681/ASN.2012070718.
  • 2. Diabetes UK. Position statement: Preventing kidney failure in people with diabetes (August 2016). Available at: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/professionals/position-statements-reports/specialist-care-for-children-and-adults-and-complications/preventing-kidney-failure-in-people-with-diabetes [Accessed May 2021].
  • 3. National Diabetes Audit. Report: Care Processes and Treatment Targets, January to December 2019. Available at: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/national-diabetes-audit/national-diabetes-audit-quarterly-report-january-to-december-2019 [Accessed May 2021].
  • 4. Tonneijck L, Muskiet M, Smits M et al. Glomerular Hyperfiltration in Diabetes: Mechanisms, Clinical Significance, and Treatment. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017;28(4):1023-1039. doi:10.1681/asn.2016060666.
  • 5. KDIGO 2020. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes Management in Chronic Kidney Disease. http://kdigo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/KDIGO-2020-Diabetes-in-CKD-GL.pdf [Accessed May 2021].
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