BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The report issued by the US Renal Data System shows that death rates among kidney transplant patients decreased since 1996 by up to 40 percent.
The data analyzed is from 2013 and the numbers are quite encouraging as more patients on dialysis or with kidney transplants are surviving. There are however many patients suffering from kidney failure and Medicare spent more than $50 billion that year for their treatment.
Luckily, as time goes by, newer and better resources and treatments are found. For example, patients can have home dialysis. The number of people doing this procedure at home has increased by 52 percent since the last decade.
On the other hand, the population who needs dialysis has also increased by 4% in 2013 and by 63 percent since 2000, showing therefore that more and more people develop this condition. Moreover, more and more people rich the last stage of the disease, in which the kidney is no longer functional.
The good news is that the disease can be controlled better and even though some patients reach the final stage of kidney disease, they still live longer and survival rates are improving. The report also shows that the waiting list is 2.7 times larger than the supply of kidneys coming from donors.
Although the report states things are looking good and promising for kidney transplant patients, the fact that their number increases is still discouraging. Although it’s good to know you have a greater chance at getting healthier or living longer, it’s still better not to get sick in the first place.
Therefore, medical institutions should start raising more awareness about chronic kidney disease and how people could avoid developing the condition. In this way, people will be more careful about their lifestyle, especially if they know they are prone to develop kidney disease. They could have a healthier diet, exercise and take specific measures against the disease. Moreover, they should get tested more often for kidney problems or even small infections which might seem like nothing.
The report was coordinated by the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center at the University of Michigan in collaboration with Arbor Research for Health and showed the number of kidney failure patients and the outcomes of dialysis and transplants.
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