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The focus on diabetic kidney disease for World Kidney Day 2010 brings awareness of the magnitude of the problem and ramifications for global health for people with diabetes and kidney disease. It is therefore time to act and act urgently. It is time for strategies that prevent diabetes and its sequelae. It is time for programs for health care workers to diagnose and treat people with diabetic kidney disease. It is time for governments to pass legislation to enable the diabetes pandemic to be controlled. After all, diabetic kidney disease, like the epidemics of infectious diseases that have long dominated public health agendas, is potentially preventable. Indeed, March 11, 2010 is time to act on diabetic kidney disease and to commit to sustaining that action long after World Kidney Day.

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