Diabetic Kidney Disease
Diabetic kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy, is the disease that diabetes causes in the kidney. It is a complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes caused by damage to the kidneys’ delicate filtering system. The kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessel clusters (glomeruli) that filter waste from your blood. High blood sugar causes damage to these blood vessels and leads to diabetic nephropathy, which may result in kidney failure or irreversible end-stage kidney disease, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.