Omega-3’s Stabilize Kidney Function in Diabetic Patients

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Omega-3 fatty acids may help slow the progression of kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School.

renal scanAlbuminuria—the presence of albumin in the blood—is an important indicator of kidney dysfunction. The condition is especially common in patients with type 2 diabetes, which is the top cause of chronic kidney disease worldwide. Associated with inflammation, albuminuria is also a marker of generalized endothelial dysfunction, a key step in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD) and an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Because activation of the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system is another chief characteristic of albuminuria, clinicians typically treat the condition with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) or angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARB). These drugs are considered standard of care. 

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