The first time many patients realise diabetes can affect their kidneys is when they are referred to renal services, according to a UK multi-cultural study.
The authors said: “What was clear was that many of the patients we spoke to were much more aware of how diabetes could affect their eyes and feet than their kidneys. We believe this study highlights a serious need for more information about the risks that diabetics face from kidney disease.”
- Wilkinson E, et al. Lack of awareness of kidney complications despite familiarity with diabetes: a multi-ethnic qualitative study. Journal of Renal Care (2011) 37: 2-11
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