The open-access NEPHSTROM-acknowledged study entitled “Burden of chronic kidney disease and rapid decline in renal function among adults attending a hospital-based diabetes center in Northern Europe” authored by Tomás P Griffin, Paula M O’Shea, Andrew Smyth, Md Nahidul Islam, Deirdre Wall, John Ferguson, Esther O’Sullivan, Francis M Finucane, Sean F Dinneen, Fidelma P Dunne, David W Lappin, Donal N Reddan, Marcia Bell, Timothy O’Brien, Damian G Griffin, and Matthew D Griffin was the focus of a recent press release issued by NUI Galway this week. The study appears in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, 2021;9:e002125.
NEPHSTROM PI Professor Matthew Griffin, consultant nephrologist at Galway University Hospitals and researcher in NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, said: “When evidence of chronic kidney disease due to diabetes appears, it usually indicates damage to the kidneys that cannot be reversed and may well worsen over time.”
The study was carried out by academics at NUI Galway and clinicians at University Hospital Galway Diabetes Centre and involved more than 4,500 patients in the west of Ireland.
The findings suggest that, despite careful medical management, a relatively high proportion of people with diabetes in Ireland are developing chronic kidney disease over time and are at risk of kidney failure and other complications of poor kidney function.