In people with diabetes and high blood pressure, it’s important to monitor kidney function closely. Early kidney dysfunction is often reversible, but quickly becomes irreversible if not addressed.
Scientists are seeking better tools to monitor kidney function because our current tools aren’t very good. GFR and creatinine tests often miss early kidney disease. Urinary microalbumin is more sensitive, and is often useful in diabetics. However, an even more sensitive test would be helpful.
Now, researchers are finding that a simple blood test for the TNF receptor may effectively detect early kidney disease. Read the full story here.