Chronic kidney disease in type 2 diabetes (CKD in T2D) is a progressive disease that affects the kidneys of adults with type 2 diabetes. CKD involves damage to the kidneys which can result in a gradual loss of kidney function over time. This damage can be permanent and may result in kidney failure. If the kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be required. Often, CKD doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms until the later stages, so it’s possible to have CKD and not know it.
CKD in T2D can also lead to other serious health problems. For example, people with CKD in T2D are 3 times more likely to die from a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, than people who have T2D alone. Learn more about CKD in T2D.