Diabetes and Renal Disease—Should we Biopsy?

Sheila Bermejo; Clara García-Carro; María José Soler


Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2021;36(8):1384-1386. 

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The Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes—What is the Problem?

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important global health problems. Currently ~500 million people are affected by DM worldwide, and this number is expected to increase to 693 million by 2045.[1] Type 2 DM is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Approximately 30–40% of patients with DM develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) during their lifetime,[2] and the majority of patients on renal replacement therapy have type 2 DM. Thus kidney disease in patients with diabetes should be one of the top-priority concerns for nephrologists.