Viewer Question:What are risk factors for Diabetic Kidney disease?
Doctor's Response:Research (1999) has clearly shown that abnormally elevated values for total cholesterol, average blood pressure, and hemoglobin A1c carry the greatest weight as risk factors for diabetic kidney disease. Other factors of lesser (but still some) significance are the fatty substances low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides.
It is important to note that all of the above risk factors can be "modified" or influenced by diet, exercise, and/or medications.
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