People who have had diabetes for many years can develop damage to small blood vessels and organs throughout the body. This is more likely to occur if the diabetes has not been well controlled. One organ that is commonly affected is the kidney. Nephropathy is a medical term for kidney disease. The type of kidney disease caused by diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy.
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