Chennai: Diabetic Nephropathy aka Diabetic Kidney Disease is a condition that may develop in type-1 and type-2 diabetic patients.
Diabetes affects the kidneys eventually leading to this complication in one out of four diabetic patients, says Dr Prashant C Dheerendra, consultant nephrologist, Apollo Dialysis Clinics.
“The disorder goes on to affect the functioning of the kidneys and the system loses its ability to clear out waste products from the body and purify the blood. This leads to an abnormal increase in the body’s water and electrolyte levels, resulting in possible weight gain and ankle swelling along with accumulation of waste products in the blood and protein in the urine as well. This condition may worsen through the years damaging the urinary system leading to kidney failure,” he says, adding that this can be managed with proper treatment.