The firstnational audit for chronic kidney diseasepublished today, found wide variations in diagnostic testing among those at high risk of developing the disease - such as people with diabetes.
Having a kidney check is one of our15 Healthcare essentials– a minimum level of healthcare that everyone with diabetes should be getting every year from their healthcare team.
A key finding from the chronic kidney disease audit – which covered England and Wales – found that while 86 per cent of people with diabetes have the right blood tests, only 54 per cent have the correct urine test. Having both is necessary to have the best chance of diagnosis and is recommended by NICE.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive deterioration in the function of the kidneys. While only a small number of cases need dialysis or a kidney transplant, the condition is irreversible. It doesn’t always have obvious symptoms so diagnosis relies on blood and urine tests.
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