The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a 35% drop in the rate of end-stage kidney disease caused by diabetes between 1996 and 2007.
End-stage kidney disease by definition requires dialysis (“artificial kidney”) treatments or kidney transplantation to preserve life. I’ve seen hundreds of dialysis patients. It’s not a great way to live; avoid it if you can.
Diabetes nevertheless is still responsible for almost half—44%—of all end-stage kidney disease.
The reasons for the reduced rate of this devastating renal complication are unclear. Possible factors include better control of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Increasing usage of the drugs like angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers may also play a role.