In 2011, 228,924 Americans were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant due to diabetes-related kidney failure.
Research supported by the American Diabetes Association is investigating what causes kidney disease in people with diabetes. Recently, the Association convened a consensus conference of experts focused on chronic kidney disease in people with diabetes. The consensus report was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Diabetes Care, and the outcomes from the conference are currently being leveraged to advance the field and address unmet needs through a targeted research initiative. Grants funded through this initiative are studying how kidney disease increases the risk of hypoglycemia, determining how the kidney tissue changes during chronic kidney disease, and examining whether limited oxygen supply to the kidney in diabetes leads to chronic kidney disease. The goal of these and other kidney-related studies is to provide optimal treatment and prevention strategies for both diabetes and kidney disease.