Spotlight on diabetic kidney disease at DPC2019

World Kidney Day

Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) will come under the spotlight at DPC2019, with a new, specialist clinic aimed at improving knowledge and awareness of this serious complication of diabetes across the entire multi-disciplinary team.

The DPC Kidney Clinic will debut at DPC2019, alongside four other new specialist clinics.

The DPC Kidney Clinic’s programme of practical education about DKD and other diabetes-related kidney complications, will be aimed at all levels of experience and specialism. Speakers will include renal specialists, diabetes specialist healthcare professionals, and primary and community care HCPs.

Sessions will range from basic education on the renal-diabetes connection, through demonstrations of best practice in identifying risk in primary care, to renal health considerations for HCPs working with diabetes patients in secondary and specialist care.

Uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure, which is common in people with diabetes, are the biggest risk factors of chronic kidney disease.

People with diabetes are at increased risk of kidney disease because too much glucose in the blood can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys that are responsible for filtering waste products and excess water from the blood to make urine. So the kidneys stop working efficiently and waste products build up in the body.

Kidney disease develops slowly in people with diabetes and is most common in those who’ve been living with the condition for more than 20 years.

“As we recognise World Kidney Day this month, we’d like to raise awareness among HCPs of diabetic kidney disease, and how vital it is to gain the skills and knowledge to support their diabetes patients with or at risk from the condition,” says Toby Baker, Event Director, Diabetes Professional Care.

“This is why we’re introducing our dedicated DPC Kidney Clinic at DPC2019. As with all our specialist clinics, examples of best practice from around the UK, where the care pathways are being improved by healthcare teams working together, will be central to the DPC Kidney Clinic programme.”

World Kidney Day 2019 is on 14 March.

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