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 glucose control may delay the progression of kidney disease in type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
Reviewed last on: 5/20/2009
David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. Also reviewed by Deborah Wexler, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Endocrinologist, Massachusetts General Hospital.