The relationship between renal function and neuropathy is not well established in T1D. Our objective was to determine the relationship between renal hemodynamic function and neuropathy in adults with a ≥50-year history of T1D compared to nondiabetic controls.

GFR (inulin), effective renal plasma flow (ERPF, p-aminohippurate) and modified Toronto Clinical Neuropathy Score (mTCNS) were measured in 66 patients with T1D for ≥50-years and in 73 patients without diabetes matched for age and sex. Afferent (RA), efferent (RE) arteriolar resistances and glomerular hydrostatic pressure (PGLO) were estimated using Gomez’s equations. Presence of DKD was defined as eGFRMDRD<60ml/min/1.73m2 or 24-hour urine albumin excretion >30mg/day at the screening visit. Linear regressions were applied to examine the relationships between renal function (dependent variable) and measures of neuropathy (independent variable), adjusted for age, sex and HbA1c in participants with T1D and for age and sex in nondiabetic controls.

Greater mTCNS, a measure of neuropathy signs and symptoms, was associated with lower renal blood flow (β=-9.57±4.15, p=0.024) and greater RE (β=32.79±15.13, p=0.034) in adults with T1D after adjusting for age, sex and HbA1c. Participants with T1D and DKD had a greater mTCNS compared to those without DKD (6.3±5.2 vs. 3.8±3.6, p=0.016). In contrast, renal hemodynamic parameters did not associate with measures of neuropathy in nondiabetic controls in multivariable models.

Neuropathy score was associated with lower renal perfusion in adults with longstanding T1D. Neurological dysfunction in the presence of diabetes may contribute to impaired renal perfusion resulting in ischemic injury in patients with T1D. Further work is required to understand factors - including the autonomic nervous system - that contribute to maintaining normal renal perfusion in longstanding T1D.


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