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04-13-2019 | Nephropathy | Video | Article

Diabetic kidney disease: A call to primary care

Speakers: Katherine R Tuttle, Jay H Shubrook

Nephrologist and Endocrinologist Katherine Tuttle joins Primary Care Physician Jay Shubrook to discuss the importance of kidney disease screening for the prevention of downstream nephropathy and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes (8:16).

Learning points

  • The importance of regular measurements of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; via blood) and albuminuria (via urine) tests to kidney and cardiovascular disease screening.
  • An introduction to the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) “heat map”, a useful prognostic tool for the risk stratification of patients with albuminuria and/or impaired glomerular filtration.
  • Recommendations and common risk factors (eg, hypertension) for glycemic control and medication use in people with diabetes and kidney damage.

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About the experts

Jay Shubrook

Jay H Shubrook, DO, is a Board-Certified Family Physician and Diabetologist. He is a Professor in the Primary Care Department at the Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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Katherine Tuttle

Katherine R Tuttle, MD FACP FASN, is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Executive Director for Research at Providence Health Care in Spokane, Washington. Disclosures 

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