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Diabetic kidney disease: act now or pay later

In 2003, the International Society of Nephrology and the International Diabetes Federation launched a campaign to highlight the global pandemic of type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease. It aimed to alert governments, health organizations, health-care providers, doctors, and patients to the increasing health and socioeconomic problems associated with diabetic kidney disease and its sequelae, end-stage renal disease. Today, 7 years later, the same message is even more urgent.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the research contributions of Anne Reutens, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, to the manuscript. We would also like to thank the co-chairpersons, William G. Couser and Miguel Riella, and Georgi Abraham, Paul Beerkens, John Feehally, Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, Dan Larson, Philip K. T. Li, Bernardo Rodriguez-Iturbe of the ISN–IFKF World Kidney Day 2010 Steering Committee for their contributions.

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Atkins, R., Zimmet, P. Diabetic kidney disease: act now or pay later. Nat Rev Nephrol 6, 134–136 (2010).

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