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Approximately 40% of people with diabetes will develop nephropathy. Nephropathy is a general term for the deterioration of proper functioning in the kidneys.
Diabetes affects the arteries of the body and as the kidneys filter blood from many arteries, kidney problems are a particular risk for people with diabetes.
At an advanced level, this is called end-stage renal disease or ESRD. ESRD often stems from diabetes, with diabetes causing just under half of all cases.
Diabetic nephropathy can affect people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.