Many diabetics not given vital kidney test

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A QUARTER of people with diabetes have not been given a vital test to detect the early signs of kidney failure, a charity has warned.

Diabetes UK said 750,000 people were at serious risk after they failed to receive a urine test in 2010/11 to check for the presence of the protein albumin.

This provides an early warning of kidney damage, which is a common problem for people with diabetes, the charity said.

Figures from the National Diabetes Audit show 25 per cent of people with the condition in England did not receive the test in 2010/11.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said it was “concerning” that people were missing out on a simple test which can slow the progression of kidney problems.

“Kidney failure might not worry people with diabetes as much as other complications such as blindness and amputation, but it can have an equally devastating impact on quality of life,” she said.