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Study links type 2 diabetes risk to blood urea nitrogen levels

Researchers found that individuals with a blood urea nitrogen level of more than 25 mg/dL and an estimated glomerular filtration rate of less than 15 ml/min per 1.72 m2 had the highest risk for incident diabetes, compared with those who had lower BUN levels and normal eGFR levels. The findings in Kidney International, based on 1,337,452 individuals from the Department of Veterans Affairs database, revealed that an increased diabetes risk was tied to every 10 mg/dL increase in BUN level, but not to each 10 ml/min per 1.73 m2 increase in eGFR.

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