Prevent kidney diseases

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1. Why your kidneys are important

2. Your risk of developing kidney disease

3. Actions?

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1. Why your kidneys are important

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (GBD) was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It found 1 in every 11 of the world’s population suffer from severe long-term kidney disease (CKD). But fewer than 1 in 10 of people with CKD are aware of their disease. The number of those in the world with all-stage CKD reached almost 700 million in 2017, which is more people than those with diabetes.

Any action plan should include more effective management of risk factors for CKD in primary care, and better case-detection among those at risk.

If worried about whether your kidneys are working properly, you need blood and urine tests. Speak to your doctor about when your last checks were done and how soon you might need them again. 

Today some parts of the kidney are 3D printable to enable personal 3D kidney models that give a better view of a tumour. So here is an example. At Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS hospital in London, the abdomen of baby Dexter and the kidney of his father, the kidney donor, were 3D scanned and printed, to allow the surgeons to rehearse the later successful transplant operation.

2. Your risk of developing kidney disease


The NHS tells us, “There is a calculator to work out your risk of developing kidney disease (CKD) over the next 5 years. You just need to answer some simple questions. Ask your doctor if you’re unsure. You could use the tool before your next GP or nurse consultation.

3. Actions?


Put dates of last and next annual kidney blood tests, if needed, and your calculated risk of CKD, in your own personal health plan.

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page updated 26 April 2021. © 2021 by social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk. Ltd.

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