Nephropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the kidneys (renal glands) and is also called diabetic kidney (renal) disease.
Hyperglycemia and hypertension can bring about nephropathy that can damage the kidneys’ glomeruli. When the kidneys are damaged, protein leaks out of the kidneys into the urine. Damaged kidneys can no longer remove waste and extra fluids from the bloodstream.
It is the chronic loss of kidney function which can lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation.« Back to Glossary Index