Diabetic Retinopathy, Microalbuminuria Predict GFR Decline

Having diabetic retinopathy and/or microalbuminuria predicted a much higher rate of annual decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in a new study of patients with type 2 diabetes living in Japan.

Diabetic retinopathy is a known risk factor for microalbuminuria, and microalbuminuria is a risk factor for macroalbuminuria, but to date it has been unclear whether diabetic retinopathy predicts poor renal function, the authors write.

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