Front of the School of Public Health

Chronic Kidney Disease in Diabetes: Identification and Intervention

Originally broadcast November 20, 2008

Joseph Vassalotti, MD, FASN
Chief Medical Officer
National Kidney Foundation

New data indicates that 26 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions of others are at increased risk. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, and significant increases in diabetes are expected to lead to corresponding increases in CKD and renal failure.
Studies show that early identification and intervention is effective in slowing the progression of co-morbid diseases and complications of CKD in diabetes. Early detection can also help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and seniors are at increased risk for the disease. This presentation will demonstrate how outcomes can be improved through increased awareness and education on the timely evaluation and management of CKD for health care providers who care for people with diabetes; who is at risk for the disease; methods for early identification of CKD; and management of CKD in people with diabetes.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
  • Describe the methods used to detect and identify Chronic Kidney Disease.
  • Describe strategies to manage CKD in people with diabetes.