Raising awareness of diabetic kidney disease

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Around 40% of people with diabetes develop diabetic kidney disease. Early detection is essential, to ensure patients get the support and treatment they need so it’s important to receive regular screening, especially since kidney disease is usually symptomless in its early stages.

NICE recommends people with diabetes receive two annual kidney tests from their GP, to check how well their kidneys are working. A blood test measures the levels of creatinine, a waste product, in the blood while the urine test checks the levels of albumin and creatinine (the albumin:creatinine ratio) in the urine.

It is essential that both tests are undertaken yet National Diabetes Audit figures show low completion rates for the urine test, particularly for people with type 1 diabetes.

“In recognition of the need for better information and education on diabetes co-morbidities, we’ve extended our Co-morbidities conference stream to cover both days of DPC2018,” says Toby Baker, Event Director, DPC. “This will include a dedicated focus on renal and diabetic kidney disease, as well as mental health, cardiovascular disease and diabetic retinopathy.

“We hope to help raise awareness of renal screening for people with diabetes, both through our increased activity around diabetic kidney disease, and also by supporting World Kidney Day, on Thursday 8th March.

“In addition, visitors to the DPC2017 exhibition were able to see first hand the latest diagnostic technology for diabetic kidney disease and we look forward to giving healthcare professionals similar opportunities again at DPC2018.”

Keep up to date with the latest developments at DCP2018 on the website and register here to reserve your free place at the show

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