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Kenya: Women at Higher Risk of Chronic Kidney Diseases

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According to the National Kidney Foundation, African Americans are almost three times more likely than Whites to have kidney failure. People with a family history of any kind of kidney problem are also at risk for kidney disease, he added. If the kidneys fail, the next stage is either dialysis (a machine used to filter blood in the kidneys) or a kidney transplant.

With an annual death rate of 19·2 deaths per 100,000 population, chronic kidney disease was ranked 17th among the causes of deaths globally in 2015, as per the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. Waste removal involves a highly complex process of excretion and re-absorption balance. Although oestrogen is thought to have a protective effect against ESRD until menopause, it remains unclear whether this difference is due to biological characteristics of the disease or socio-economic factors. The dyes that are used to enhance visibility on some imaging tests can be damaging to kidney function. One of these hormones stimulates red blood cell production.

Transplant nephrologist Dr. Amanda Vinson says new research shows kidney disease is more prevalent in women.

He urged health delivering hospitals, both private and public, as well as NGOs, to ensure that apart from taking weight, temperature and blood pressure, they should go ahead to also do blood and sugar test and urinalysis as standard for all patients. This inflammation may occur with the diagnosis of strep throat. On a positive note, however, Dr Khanna says that the incidence of renal problems and CKD in women would be diminished by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, and, with increased awareness, may be caught in time more frequently. This can also lead women to missed periods, excessive bleeding, in some cases it can even cause early onset of menopause. Without the kidneys, our body would be unable to function at all, which is why kidney disease can be a unsafe condition.

Some kidney diseases, such as lupus nephropathy or kidney infection typically affect women.

This disease results in the loss of kidney function over a span of months or years. In addition, when the kidneys are damaged, protein leaks out of the kidneys into the urine.

Because that is the unusual nature of kidney disease. This brings to the fore the need to ramp up efforts to increase awareness about CKD amongst women. Fatigue, weakness, hard or painful urination, swelling of the face, puffy hands, feet or abdomen may indicate disease.

Can you prevent the disease?

There are five stages of CKD. For every 10 admissions to a hospital emergency ward, 4 admissions have kidney-related conditions.

After her experience, Debbie can not emphasise enough the importance of regularly checking blood pressure levels.

With no specialist dialysis unit at St Richard's, people living in West Sussex have to travel to Bognor or further afield to other clinics for their treatment away from the home. Dialysis replaces some kidney function and can help prolong life.

"If the reading exceeds normal range, medication should be started".

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Kenya: Women at Higher Risk of Chronic Kidney Diseases