However, according to a study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, the burden of chronic kidney disease, as well as its mortality rate, has risen at an alarming rate. In just 15 years, the probability of deaths related to kidney disease has increased substantially in all 50 states. In the study, the researchers pointed out that kidney disease-related deaths in the U.S. have risen by 58 percent, from around 52,100 in 2002 to 82,500 in 2016.
For senior author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, this development is a step in the wrong direction, despite the advancements made in other chronic health conditions.
“Unfortunately, chronic kidney disease is known as a ‘silent epidemic’ because many people don’t realize they have it until the disease is at an advanced stage,” he added. “It is particularly concerning that chronic kidney disease is becoming more common in younger people.”
The researchers believe that this increase is, in part, driven by the prevalence of high-sugar, high-salt diets, as well as the current obesity epidemic. These diets increase the toxins that the kidneys have to remove from the body, which can wear the organs out earlier. That, coupled with metabolic problems, might account for the sharp rise in cases of chronic kidney disease -- which researchers noted is the highest among all non-infectious diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, cirrhosis, and mental illness.
This increase, despite medical advances in treatments for cardiovascular disease and cancer, highlights the need for new research that will address this debilitating condition, according to the researchers.
“Similarly, the increase in chronic kidney disease reflects a relative stagnation in new treatments,” Al-Aly explained. “There have been no major advances to slow or reverse kidney disease during the past two decades.”
Currently, over 30 million American adults have chronic kidney disease -- with most of them undiagnosed.
Chronic kidney disease is indeed a serious condition, but it's one that can be prevented early on with some changes in a person's lifestyle. In particular, a healthy diet and proper supplementation can dramatically reduce a person's likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease.
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