According to a new research being presented at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week Meeting, the cases of kidney failure are skyrocketing worldwide.
Over the past two decades, the number of people undergoing kidney dialysis has increased 165 percent. Moreover, the rates of treatment for kidney failure are on a rise.
Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle analysed data from the Global Burden of Disease database for global causes of illness and death and found that rates of kidney failure and treatment are growing disproportionately in much of the world. They learned that the prevalence of treatment for kidney disease is becoming an epidemic.
Between 1988 and 2006, the prevalence of kidney disease in people in this age group increased by 30 percent, according to the National Institutes of Health. According to Beth Piraino, MD, president of the American Society of Nephrologists, prevention of obesity and diabetes, and therefore kidney disease, should be a bigger priority.
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