Kidney Failure Linked to Diabetic Women
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Recent findings show that a genetic variant on chromosome 2 is strongly linked with kidney failure in diabetic women, but not men.
With more than 370 million people battling diabetes around the word, research shows that diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure. Niina Sandholm, MSc, Per-Henrik Groop, MD, DMSc (Helsinki University Central Hospital and Folkhälsan Research Center, in Finland) designed a study with her colleagues to find what causes women with diabetes to become predisposed to kidney failure.
"This study reports the first genetic variant robustly associated with end stage renal disease in diabetic women but not in men. This finding may give valuable information on how some diabetic women lose their protection against end stage renal disease," Sandholm was quoted as saying. While further studies need to be conducted, it will be interesting to see if gender-specific protection against kidney failure will be included in this study.
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SOURCE: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), September 2013
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