Southern African Hypertension Society

The Kidney – The heart of the matter in diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and renal disease. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) develops in 42% of patients with diabetes, and is also associated with high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Nearly half of patients entering dialysis programmes in the South African private sector have T2DM, with a minimum estimated cost of R600 million per year.

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