Chronic Kidney Disease – Outlook
Chronic Kidney Disease- Outlook
There are a number of different drivers or reasons why a person may develop CKD. Also the rate of progression of the disease between different people varies. There are effective interventions and medicines that can control the disease in the vast majority of patients, which is supported by the fact that only 2% of CKD patients progress to end stage renal disease which is sometimes referred to as kidney failure.
In a manner to the example given earlier around the relationship between having high blood pressure and the risk of developing CKD, there are also relationships for CKD patients being at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease. A particular concern here is people with mild CKD, who often do not show symptoms of CKD, may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of mortality or death for CKD patients in the UK.
Although this may be concerning to many people, the good news is that you are in control of your health. Making simple and small changes to your lifestyle and diet can itself be effective in reducing the risk of developing diseases such as CKD. Please contact your GP surgery if you need support and advice.
There are also a number of charities and organisations hat provide support and advice on CKD:
- The British Kidney Patient Association
- infoKID which is the childrens kidney conditions association
- kidney research UK which places significant focus on chronic kidney disease
- The National Kidney Federation, which is a charity which is managed by kidney patients for kidney patients.