Kidney disease is a well-hidden disease that affects more than 20 times the number of people than cancer, according to an international team of scientists. As the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) announced, kidney disease afflicts more than 850 million people worldwide.
This figure is almost twice as high as the number of diabetes sufferers (estimated at 422 million). It is also twenty times the number of patients with cancer (42 million) or HIV / AIDS (36.7 million). Unfortunately, most people do not realize that the health of their kidneys is threatened.
“Kidney disease is particularly threatening because it often does not cause early symptoms,” said professors David Harris and Adeera Levin from ISN.
Dr. Harris is the current president of the company and Dr. Levin the former president.
“The number of people suffering from kidney disease is alarmingly high, but the public does not know this truth,” the two experts added. “It’s time to change it.” 10.5 million require hemodialysis According to the two experts, kidney disease increases the risk of developing cardiac problems. It also makes patients vulnerable to infections and hospitalizations in the hospital. And ultimately leads them to kidney failure.
Chronic kidney disease affects 10% of men and almost 12% of women worldwide. In addition, 10.5 million people require hemodialysis or kidney transplantation because of it. Many of them, however, do not receive these salvage treatments due to increased costs or lack of implants.
Acute kidney disease is estimated to affect more than 13 million people. Many of them will develop their disease in chronic form or even reach renal insufficiency.
The role of the kidneys
The kidneys are valuable for their health because they release the body from the useless metabolic byproducts. They also help maintain the balance between the volume of body fluids and the trace elements.
Another role is the production of a hormone that gives the message for the production of red blood cells. Red blood cells are the cells in the blood that carry oxygen and nutrients everywhere in the body. So they are vital to our survival.
Although so many people experience kidney problems, they often do not feel bad. And this has the effect of accumulating toxins in their bodies and exhibiting complications. Studies have shown that patients with end-stage renal disease have a 20-30 times greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems.
Increased risk, although to a much lesser extent, appears to be experienced by individuals with a small reduction in renal function. In fact, it is estimated that 1.2 million deaths from cardiovascular causes per year are due to chronic kidney disease, according to ISN.
“It is time to inform the public about the global spread of kidney disease and to develop policies that will address the problem,” the two experts conclude.