Management of Chronic Kidney Disease: The Relationship Between Serum Uric Acid and Development of Nephropathy.


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Abstract

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasingly recognized as a global health problem, and new and effective strategies are needed for the management of this condition. Recently, there has been renewed interest in the relationship between serum uric acid (SUA) levels and CKD, and several recent trials have demonstrated a possible link between SUA and the development and/or progression of CKD in patients with and without diabetes. The identification of key urate transporters such as urate transporter 1 and glucose transporter 9 has provided not only insights into the pathophysiology of hyperuricemia, but also possible links to other processes, such as glucose homeostasis. The renewed interest in the role of SUA in CKD has coincided with the development of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors for the treatment of diabetes. In addition to improving glycemic control, these agents, acting via the kidneys in an insulin-independent manner, have also been shown to reduce SUA levels and potentially improve some measures of renal function. This review will discuss the role of uric acid in CKD treatment, and how SUA-lowering therapies may prevent or delay the progression of CKD.BACKGROUNDJanssen Scientific Affairs.

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