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Factors Affecting Life Expectancy in Diabetic Nephropathy Patients

2012-10-06 17:33

Data collected reports that about 70% of diabetics die of cardiovascular disease, and 10% to 30% of them die of Diabetic Nephropathy. What does that mean? The date clearly reports that DN has become the second largest death of people with Diabetes. That’s why lots of patients would ask their life expectancy after having DN. This article focuses on this doubt, read on to find out your answers.

Not just Diabetic Nephropathy, but many other kidney problems progress slowly but firmly. They are insidious and hard to detect in early stage. Usually, it takes more than 10 years from one has diabetes to develop proteinuria, which also explains why most of the DN patients have poor prognosis.

During the early stage of Diabetic Nephropathy, although no clinical symptoms appear, glomeruli do experience pathological changes. Microalbuminuria may forms but hard to be observed unless by taking lab tests. In clinic, once the patients suffer from persistent albuminuria, their kidney function would decline progressively over time.

According to reliable data collected, 50% of patients with Diabetic Nephropathy progresses to ESRD within 10 years, while 75% of the patients end up renal failure within 15 years. The average time from the onset of albuminuria to End-stage Renal Failure is 10 years.

Factors affect prognosis as well as life expectancy among people with Diabetic Nephropathy. Those factors include complications or one’s physical conditions. For those with diffused diabetes, they are more prone to suffer from ESRF compared with those with modules diabetes. Poorly-controlled high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high protein foods, complications and some other factors speeds up the development. Of course, all those determine the life span of diabetics who complicated with kidney problems.

According to recent researches, smoking becomes a really risk factors that is associated with DN and their life expectancy. Data reveals that 19% of DN patients who smoke live with albuminuria, while the incidence rate is only 8% in those who didn’t.

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