When to initiate ACEI/ARB therapy in patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes
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- Lemley, K.V. Pediatr Nephrol (2010) 25: 2021. doi:10.1007/s00467-010-1498-x
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Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin 2 receptor blockers (ARB) have become a mainstay of adjunctive therapy for the prevention and amelioration of diabetic nephropathy. Although ACEI were shown over 20 years ago to slow the rate of loss of renal function in diabetic subjects with decreased renal function, the question of how early in the course of diabetes to introduce them remains unresolved. Recent studies suggest that very early initiation of ACEI/ARB therapy may not have demonstrable beneficial effects even over a period of years.