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Diabetic Kidney Disease Underlying Cause

Elevated blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. The damage impairs the kidney's ability to filter waste from the bloodstream. Eventually, protein and glucose leak into the urine, and the kidneys are unable to remove excess fluid from the body, resulting in swelling.

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Last Updated: Apr 15, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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