Chronic Kidney Disease in Diabetes: Guidelines from KDIGO
Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jun 1;103(11):698-700.
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Key Points for Practice
• Structured diabetes self-management education programs are recommended because they improve self-efficacy and clinical outcomes.
• First-line antiglycemic treatment for type 2 diabetes and CKD with eGFR as low as 30 mL per minute per 1.73 m2 should include metformin and an SGLT2 inhibitor to improve cardiovascular outcomes and limit CKD progression.
• ACE inhibitor or ARB treatment should be maximized in patients who have diabetes with albuminuria and hypertension unless complicated by symptomatic hypotension, uncontrolled hyperkalemia, or more than a 30% increase in creatinine level.
From the AFP Editors
Diabetes mellitus affects more than 450 million people globally, which could increase to more than 700 million people by 2045. Up to 40% of cases of diabetes are complicated by chronic kidney disease (CKD), with persistent abnormalities of kidney function demonstrated by elevated urine albumin excretion or reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) group, an international organization dedicated to nephrology clinical practice guidelines, has developed a new guideline for management of diabetes with CKD.
People with diabetes and CKD have high risks of CKD progression, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and mortality, which can be reduced with a comprehensive approach to lifestyle and risk factor management in combination with appropriate pharmacotherapy (Figure 1). Optimal care includes primary care, cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, psychology, nutrition, and disease management nursing support.
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This series is coordinated by Michael J. Arnold, MD, contributing editor.
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