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What is diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease)?

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Anyone can have kidney disease, but it is much more common among those with diabetes and high blood pressure.8 High sugar levels cause the kidneys to filter too much blood and work extra hard. Over time, the kidneys become leaky and proteins are lost in the urine. The overworked kidneys become less and less efficient as a filter, and waste products build up in the blood.8,9