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Word! Nephropathy

Word! Nephropathy

Nephropathy

Say: neh-frah-puh-thee

Having diabetes for many years can damage small blood vessels throughout a person's body. This can affect several organs, including the kidneys. It is more likely to happen if a person's diabetes isn't well controlled. Kidney disease caused by diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy.



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