Make the Link: Kidneys, Diabetes and Heart


Chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes and cardiovascular disease are each independently serious diseases, affecting millions of Australians. The Kidney Health Australia evidence report, Make the Link: Diabetes, Kidneys and Heart, demonstrates the importance of these links.

This report details the current statistics and information regarding CKD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Australia. It highlights how comorbid CKD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease interact and influence each other and provides a more holistic view of the health burden. The impact of CKD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease on mental health, dementia and cognitive ageing is also featured.

The Make the Link report is available as a full report or a 6 page infograph.



Learning Outcomes

  1. List the interrelated biological pathways and shared risk factors for CKD, diabetes and CVD
  2. Explain the effect multimorbidity has on healthy brain ageing
  3. Describe how comorbid CKD is associated with significantly worse prognosis and quality of life.


About the author

This report was commissioned and published by Kidney Health Australia with clinical review provided by the Primary Care Education Advisory Committee for Kidney Health Australia. The report was written by Sarah White.


About the sponsors

This report was funded through an unrestricted sponsorship from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly. In no way has Boehringer Ingelheim or Eli Lilly had any part in the direction, analysis or findings contained within this report.



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Kidney Health Australia
30 / 12 / 2022
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General Practice and Primary Care
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Nurse / Midwife, Researcher, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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