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(HealthDay News) — Despite major advances in kidney care over the last two decades, type 1 diabetes patients with kidney dysfunction still have high rates of kidney failure and heart-related death, researchers have found.

The findings show that more effective treatments are needed for these patients, according to the authors of the new study.

One-third of type 1 diabetes patients develop macroalbuminuria, a condition where high amounts of protein are lost through the urine. These patients are at increased risk for kidney failure (end-stage renal disease) and death from heart-related causes, the researchers explained in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology.

The new study included 423 white patients with type 1 diabetes who developed macroal buminuria and were enrolled in the study between 1991 and 2004. Most of the patients (98 percent) were followed through 2008.

During the follow-up, 172 patients developed end-stage renal disease, and 70 of these patients died. Another 29 study participants died before developing end-stage renal disease.

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