World Kidney Day focuses on risk for women - 7 March 2018

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

South Australians are being urged to take care of their kidneys and protect themselves against kidney-related disease on World Kidney Day tomorrow.

Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, kidney-related disease affects more Australians each year than breast cancer or prostate cancer with one in 10 Australians having chronic kidney disease.

Director of Pancreatic, Islet and Kidney Transplantation, Professor Toby Coates, said chronic kidney disease affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with close to 600,000 each year.

“With one in three people at risk of kidney disease we need to shine a national spotlight on this worldwide health problem,” he said.

“Chronic kidney disease can result in adverse outcomes of kidney failure and premature death.

“The average wait time for a transplant is three years but waits for up to seven years is not uncommon.

“As of January 2018, 995 people were waiting for a kidney transplant across Australia.”

This year, World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day will be marked on the same day and is a chance to raise awareness of the risk of developing chronic kidney disease is more likely in women compared with men.

“Women are more often affected by certain kinds of kidney disease such as lupus nephritis and pyelonephritis (kidney infection) and women who have kidney problems while pregnant are at increased risk of negative outcomes,” Professor Coates said.

“In addition, pregnancy-related complications increase the risk of kidney disease. Women who’ve had preeclampsia are at four-to-five times higher risk of developing end-stage kidney disease.

“It’s important we highlight the impact of kidney disease on women’s health and the urgent need for targeted, gender-sensitive prevention measures and treatment throughout the lifecycle of women.”

The Royal Adelaide Hospital will mark World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day tomorrow, inviting visitors to meet experts and learn about kidney disease, check their blood pressure, see how dialysis works and sign up to be organ donors.

For the first time, multiple teams from the Central and Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplant Service, Kidney Health Australia, Donate Life SA, the ANZDATA registry, Kidney Transplant Diabetes Research Australia will come together to promote the message of kidney health, organ donation,  and transplantation to the public.

Professor Toby Coates and Dr Shilpa Jesudason will also be guest speakers sharing patient stories and research at sessions held at the Royal Adelaide Hospital tomorrow afternoon.  

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