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Etiology of Diabetic Nephropathy

Time :09-12    Articel By :Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine

 Etiology of Diabetic Nephropathy

1. Genetic factors

The incidence of diabetic nephropathy in men is higher than that in women. Studies from the United States have found that African and Mexican Americans are more likely to develop diabetic nephropathy than whites in the same living environment. In the same race, some families are prone to diabetic nephropathy, all of which indicate the existence of genetic factors. 40 % - 50 % of type 1 Diabetes have microalbuminuria, and only 20 % - 30 % of type 2 diabetes have diabetic nephropathy during the observation period. All these suggest that genetic factors may play an important role.

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2. Abnormal renal hemodynamics

Early in diabetic nephropathy, abnormal renal hemodynamics can be observed, manifested as high glomerular perfusion and filtration, increased renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate ( GFR ). And the degree of increase after increasing protein intake is more significant.

3. Metabolic abnormality caused by hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia mainly leads to renal damage through renal hemodynamic changes and metabolic abnormalities, among which the mechanisms of renal damage caused by metabolic abnormalities mainly include: ① Local glucose metabolism disorder in renal tissue can form advanced glycation end metabolites ( AGEs ) through non-enzymatic glycation; ② Activation of polyol pathway; ③ Activation of diacylglycerol - protein kinase C pathway; ④ Abnormal metabolism of hexosamine pathway. In addition to participating in early hyperfiltration, the above metabolic abnormalities are more important in promoting glomerular basement membrane ( GBM ) thickening and extracellular matrix accumulation.

4. Hypertension

Almost any diabetic nephropathy is accompanied by hypertension, which occurs at the same time with microalbuminuria in type 1 diabetic nephropathy, but often occurs before the occurrence of diabetic nephropathy in type 2. Blood pressure control is closely related to the development of diabetic nephropathy.

5. Abnormal metabolism of vasoactive substances

In the course of the occurrence and development of diabetic nephropathy, there may be various metabolic abnormalities of vasoactive substances. These include abnormal metabolism of RAS, endothelin, prostaglandin family and growth factor.

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