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Possible breakthrough in diabetic kidney disease

Oregon residents who suffer from diabetes or are at risk of getting the disease may be interested to know about a study conducted on diabetic kidney disease. The results indicate that there are certain biological pathways involved in diabetic kidney disease that may be useful in creating early diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.

Researchers at a New York City hospital examined the kidney's globular bodies, which contain capillaries and other structures and that are a key component in the filtration of blood. They found that the oxidative stress that occurs within a certain population of kidney cells will progressively reduce the kidneys' abilities to eliminate waste products from the blood and to create urine. The study also reveals that the blockage of a specific cellular receptor can curb the stress reaction. In fact, when the receptor was blocked in mice, doing so saved the kidneys in mice who were genetically predisposed to developing kidney failure.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, around 30 percent of patients with type 1 diabetes and 10 to 40 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes will have kidney failure. When this occurs, it will be necessary for a patient to have a kidney transplant or undergo dialysis. The study's lead investigator states that diabetic kidney disease is the main cause of end-stage renal disease and one of the leading causes of death in diabetic patients. He also asserts that the study's results provide new diagnostic possibilities for early detection and treatment methods to prevent extensive renal damage in patients.

A failure to diagnose a disease can cause the illness to spread, resulting in a worsened medical condition. Patients who have been harmed in such a manner might want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney in order to see what remedies they might have.

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