Chronic kidney disease can attack all ages!


Chronic kidney disease and its complications are capable of killing all age ranges, according to a recent research.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that chronic kidney disease (CKD) can affect all ages, from 20 years to 39 years and seniors who have passed the age of 75 years.

The results was obtained after the researchers analyzed the data of as much as two million participants from Asia, Australia, Northern Europe, and South America who are members of 46 studies from the year 1972 to 2011.

Some symptoms of CKD include anemia and lack of red blood cells. Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called arythropoietin (EPO), which triggers the production of red blood cells, when kidney has problems, production of hormones and red blood cells decreases.

The fewer red blood cells, the sooner a person feels tired even when doing light work routine like going up and down stairs or walking around.

Other symptoms are muscle feels weak, short of breath, erectile dysfunction, pale skin, pale gums, often feel dizzy and cold.

“Through the observation of much research, we managed to see that the indicator of chronic kidney disease can be found at all ages, both middle age and old age,” said Josef Coresh, a professor from Bloomberg, as reported by the Health Me Up.

“We need to focus on risk factors associated with chronic kidney disease and develop treatment strategies that can be applied at any age,” he added.