Many Diabetic Patients May Benefit From Cardioprotective Medications

In individuals with type 2 diabetes, any degree of measurable urinary protein excretion - even in what is considered the normal range - increases their risk of experiencing heart problems, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings could help identify patients who should be treated with cardioprotective medications. 

Some patients with type 2 diabetes experience kidney problems that cause them to excrete increased amounts of the protein albumin in their urine, a condition called albuminuria. These patients have a considerably higher risk of developing heart problems - such as heart attacksstrokes, and heart failure - than other diabetic patients and people in the general population, who are "normoalbuminuric," with urinary albumin excretion levels of less than 20 μg/min. 

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