Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Diabetes may lead to kidney failure. Oh, really?

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From the No, Duh file: Apparently diabetes doesn't stop destroying kidneys within the borders of India.
According to a recent study conducted there, diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end stage renal disease (ESRD) in that country.
The doctor who conducted the study offered another shocker when discussing the results of the study, stating that the "major reason behind diabetics developing kidney disease is uncontrolled diabetes." Wow.
Then, he goes on to blame "half-hearted" treatment for what turned out to be a higher prevalence of ESRD than researchers originally estimated. The doctor also noted that less than 10 percent of all ESRD patients in India receive any "meaningful renal replacement therapy," i.e. dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Does this mean the health care for people with diabetes and kidney failure is half-hearted as well? Maybe that can be the next study.
You can read the whole sordid story here.

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