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KI article shows the doubling incidence, prevalence and mortality of CKD

September’s issue of Kidney international (KI) will feature an important article from Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues, which uses Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data to show, in just one generation since 1990, an almost doubling of the incidence, prevalence and mortality of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and a more than 60% increase in disability-adjusted life years, driven by population growth, aging, access to and quality of health care, and in some populations diabetes.

You can read the full article HERE.

Aside from the article, make sure to also read its visual abstract and an accompanying editorial from Vivekanand Jha and Gopesh Modi, HERE.

Even though the prevalence of CKD of 277 million sounds alarming, limitations of the GBD data mean that all these data underestimate the true burden of kidney disease. For example,  ASN, ERA-EDTA and ISN together in a recent combined statement have put the number of patients with kidney disease worldwide at 850 million. Read full press release HERE. As the editorial points out, the nephrology community must put more effort into measuring and publicising accurate figures about the burden of kidney disease.

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