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Global Burden of Disease Study cites increase in chronic kidney disease worldwide


October 7, 2016
By Canadian Chiropractor staff

The results from a Global Burden of Disease study published today in The Lancet indicate that across the world deaths from chronic kidney disease (CKD) are increasing among both women and men.

In Mexico, CKD is now the second cause of ‘years of life lost’ after ischemic heart disease. Diabetes is the third cause. The International Society of Nephrology’s (ISN) World Congress in Mexico City in April 2017 will focus on diabetes and kidney disease. It will be a unique and timely platform to discuss these alarming findings, according to a statement from the ISN.

Mortality due to CKD is increasing; it rose between 2005 and 2015 by 32 per cent to 1.2 million deaths worldwide.

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In 2015, Latin America had the highest CKD death rates in the world, and in Mexico more than half of patients who develop kidney failure did so as a result of diabetes. An additional concern is emerging epidemics of death due to unexplained CKD in younger adults in Central America, as well as in India and Sri Lanka.

Once CKD has advanced to complete kidney failure, the only options for prolonging life are long-term dialysis or kidney transplantation. Complex and costly interventions are not accessible to the general population in many countries.

If this increase in deaths due to CKD is to be halted, further research is urgently needed to identify and deliver low-cost strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment of CKD, the ISN said.

ISN Programs chair and past president John Feehally (UK) comments: “These striking findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study confirm the growing pre-eminence of CKD, and especially CKD due to diabetes, as an avoidable cause of death worldwide. The International Society of Nephrology is spearheading the development and implementation of realistic and affordable strategies to reduce the impact of CKD worldwide.”

The International Society of Nephrology is a global not-for-profit society dedicated to improving kidney care and reducing the incidence and impact of kidney disease worldwide.


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