Uncontrolled diabetes can damage many tissues of the body, including the kidneys. Kidney damage caused by diabetes most often involves thickening and hardening of the small arteries in the kidney. Strict blood sugar control may delay the progression of kidney disease in type 1 diabetics.
Reviewed By: Robert Hurd, MD, Professor of Endocrinology and Health Care Ethics, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.