Essay - Nephropathy Recent Searches for Information in Diabetic Nephropathy Yielded a...

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***** searches for in*****mation in diabetic nephropathy yielded a limited amount of information concerning the disease, its diagnosis and its treatment. What was evident was ***** fact that it is another concern for those individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes, ***** further, that proper (and early) ***** can do much to stop the disease's progression and in many cases will prevent the disease.

***** ***** presents itself in ***** with ***** but it is closely related to nephrolithiasis which is a common condition that affects "nearly five percent of U.S. men ***** women during *****ir lifetimes" FN1. Nephrolithias***** includes a number of different nephropathy diseases. "Nephrolithiasis specifically refers to calculi in the kidneys (including) both renal calculi ureteral calculi (ureterolithiasis)" FN2 Ureteral calculi almost always originate in ***** kidneys, although they may continue to grow once they lodge in the ureter. ***** is commonly referred ***** as kidney stones, ***** other problems ***** occur pertaining to the kidney ***** two ***** the most prevalent conditions ***** to *****, which are IgA ***** and diabetic nephropathy.

***** to ***** National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) IgA nephropathy occurs "when IgA - a protein that helps us fight infections ***** settles in the kidneys" FN3.

***** nephropathy, on the other hand, occurs ***** there is too ***** protein and/or blood leaking from the kidney into the blood stream. Many of ***** symptoms for both diseases ***** very similar.

Symptoms can include "swelling in the hands and feet, nausea, fatigue, headaches, and sleep *****" FN3.

Approximately 20 - 30 percent of individuals with ***** nephropathy suffer ***** failure while 25 percent ***** IgA nephropathy sufferers will suffer kidney failure within 10 to ***** years of diagnosis. Nephrolithiasis produces a calculi that ***** "be prevented in most patients by the use ***** a simplified evaluation, reasonable dietary and fluid recommendations, ***** directed pharmacologic intervention" FN1.

Dia*****tic nephropathy is normally referred to as diabetic kidney dise*****e and it can lead to kidney *****. "Diabetic nephropathy presents in its earliest stage with low levels of albumin (micro*****uria) in the urine" FN4. Low levels of albumin can be detected by a number ***** methods with three of the most common being; a spot urine test, a 24-hour urine sample ***** a three to six month urine s*****mple. "The ***** practical method of screening for microalbuminuria is to assess the albumin*****-creatinine ratio ***** a ***** urine test" FN4.

Once ***** di*****gnosis has been made early treatment can help to control the progress of the disease and ***** times will stave off kidney failure for a number of years. Thorp's study showed ***** "there is good evidence that early ***** delays or prevents the onset of diabetic *****, or ***** ***** disease" *****. Early treatments can include a change in diet, exercise, improved blood sugar control, pharmaceuticals and even a regime of vitamins.

A team of investigat*****s for the journal Diabetes Care "demonstrated that ***** C and E, along with mineral supplementation (including magnesium) appear


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