Diabetic kidney disease has long been associated with an increased risk of heart disease in type 1 diabetes. High blood pressure, which can damage blood vessels in the kidneys as well as the heart, may play a role. Protein in the urine is a sign of an increased risk of a future heart attack or stroke. Get the recommended screenings for kidney disease and start treatment as needed to protect your kidneys, heart, and brain.

Over 90% of people with type 1 diabetes will never have any kidney damage, and good control of blood pressure and blood glucose levels will reduce the risk further.