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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Increased Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) risk found in Aboriginal type 2 diabetics

Date posted: 25 July 2013

Australian Aboriginal type 2 diabetics have a dramatically increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) compared to caucasian patients who live in the same geographical area according to a new study.

Dr Timothy Davis, School of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia (WA) and associates conducted the study drawing patients from the ongoing Fremantle Diabetes Study (FDS). This study included 105 Aboriginal type 2 diabetics and 827 caucasian type 2 diabetics living in the same geographical area. Results showed that Aboriginal type 2 diabetics have an increased risk of CKD - 20 to 30 times that of caucasian type 2 diabetics.

Dr Davis said 'The substantially increased risk of CKD in type 2 Aboriginal Australians may reflect an increased susceptibility to microvascular complications including nephropathy, retinopathy and neuropathy. This finding suggests that urban-dwelling Aboriginal patients with type 2 diabetes have the same marked propensity for nephropathy as their counterparts from remote or rural settings.'

Source: Renal & Urology News


Last updated: 31 July 2013
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