In comparison to the numbers from last decade, released by the US Renal Data System, more people suffer from kidney diseases but fewer perish. If one would compare 2015’s numbers to those from 1996, when the USRDS started its documentation on the matter, one could see a massive decline in premature deaths, with dialysis patients dropping by 28% and kidney transplant deaths by 40%.
This is fortunate to say the least, with dialysis patients benefiting from an increased life expectancy rate, as well as those that underwent kidney transplant from living or deceased donors. In regards to those that are able to get dialysis treatments in the comfort of their homes, numbers have surged by over 50% for the past 10 years, mostly due to our technical advancements in the field, as well as our ever-expanding knowledge revolving around diseases which require dialysis.
Unfortunately, the number of diagnosed patients has increased by 4% in the past year. This percentage grows exponentially if compared to the statistics from the year 2000, with a growth of over 60%, making the dialysis patient population get marked at 466,607 individuals.
Kidney transplants have shown an even bigger increase in 2015, with the waiting list being 2.7 times larger than the number of kidney donors. Even if the number of kidney transplant procedures has grown considerably, the disparity between supply and demand is rather disconcerting to say the least.
One of the main factors that lead to the onset of kidney diseases is an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating large quantities of junk food or other foods that have elements which directly affect your health in a negative way can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses and hypertension. In turn, these impact the patient’s kidneys, eventually leading to the appearance of kidney diseases.
In order to circumvent their appearance, doctors urge the general public to undergo regular kidney examinations, because the main methods of prevention are early diagnosis and treatments. In regards to those currently suffering from kidney-related disorders, the main way of keeping the disease under control is disposing and regulating the complications that may arise following a diagnostic.
Even if more people suffer from kidney diseases but fewer perish, with our current technological progress, the number of deaths is expected by medical parties to diminish on an annual basis. But if the public masses do not refrain from adopting an unhealthy lifestyle or other similar factors that contribute to the onset of kidney diseases, these types of diagnostics will continue to rise, leading to an even bigger surge in kidney transplant waiting lists.