Research led by a Spokane physician found that “concerningly” high rates of chronic kidney disease occur in people with diabetes, 

particularly among members of racial and ethnic minority groups .

The five-year study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine with more than 654,000 diabetes patients

including regular testing and awareness about high-risk populations, said Dr. Katherine Tuttle, the study’s lead author and Providence’s executive director for research in its Inland Northwest region.

“What we were able to do is track them over a five-year period to see how many people developed kidney disease based on these laboratory markers.

What we showed is that during this time period, there are some marked disparities in who develops this disease

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That’s important because we need to know where it starts in order to identify interventions.”

“It allows us to estimate what the projections are going to be for the total number of people who will need care and the types of care,” Tuttle said.

When kidney dysfunction is detected, providers have treatments that are more effective earlier in its progression, she said.