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World J Diabetes. May 15, 2019; 10(5): 269-279
Published online May 15, 2019. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v10.i5.269
Evolving spectrum of diabetic nephropathy
Jonathan Kopel, Camilo Pena-Hernandez, Kenneth Nugent
Jonathan Kopel, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX 79416, United States
Camilo Pena-Hernandez, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Lubbock, TX 79430, United States
Kenneth Nugent, Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX 79430, United States
Author contributions: Kopel J and Nugent K were the primary authors involved with the conception, drafting the article, and interpretation of the review. Pena-Hernandez C was involved in the critical revision of the article.
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Corresponding author: Jonathan Kopel, BSc, Research Scientist, MD-PhD Student, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79416, United States.
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Received: March 18, 2019
Peer-review started: March 19, 2019
First decision: May 8, 2019
Revised: May 13, 2019
Accepted: May 13, 2019
Article in press: May 14, 2019
Published online: May 15, 2019
Core Tip

Core tip: Diabetes remains an important health issue as more patients with chronic and uncontrolled diabetes develop diabetic nephropathy (DN). In recent years, an increasing proportion of DN patients have a decline in kidney function and vascular complications without proteinuria, known as non-proteinuric DN (NP-DN). This manuscript advances this discussion by examining the potential pathophysiological mechanisms, diagnostic markers, and treatments relevant to NP-DN. Furthermore, it illustrates the significance of renal microhemodynamics in the development of NP-DN.