What Are Risk Factors for Diabetic Kidney Disease?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 1/11/2018

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What are risk factors for diabetic kidney disease?

Doctor's response

Research 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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Reviewed on 1/11/2018