12 Dec '11, 9pm

Poorly controlled diabetes wreaks havoc on your kidneys: Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes for ki...

AS IF having an increased risk of stroke and heart disease isn't bad enough, people with poorly controlled diabetes are also more prone to developing a form of chronic kidney disease called diabetic nephropathy, according to Dr Daniel Chew, head and consultant of Tan Tock Seng Hospital's endocrinology department. Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes for kidney failure in Singapore, with diabetes causing more than half of the kidney failures cases here. Chronic kidney diseases develop slowly and with few symptoms so many people with the condition do not realise they are sick until the disease is at an advanced stage and requires dialysis. Dr Chew explained: "Prolonged levels of high blood glucose damages the capillaries (small blood vessels) which forms important filtration structures in the kidneys. "High blood pressure in uncontrolled hypertension further wors...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Health/Healthbites/EDC111213-0...

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