Chronic Kidney Disease More Likely To Be Fatal Among Males, Study Shows

According to data from the CDC, in the U.S., chronic kidney disease tends to effect women slightly more than men, with 18% of women being diagnosed with CKD as opposed to 13% of men. A new study, however, has identified some troubling news for that 13%, with data indicating men who have CKD exhibit a higher risk of disease progression and death than their female counterparts.

The study, part of the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study, involved data from nearly 4,000 adults split fairly evenly between male and female participants. The women followed exhibited a notably lover rate of kidney disease progression, approximately 17% lower than their male counterparts as well as  mortality, with a 31% lower mortality rate than males. These statistic findings were deemed significant as they persisted despite adjustments made regarding cardiovascular risk factors, medicines participants were on, baseline renal function, socio-demographic status and bone mineral metabolism markers, all of which typically influence things like rate of disease progression and mortality rates. 

Although there is still more research that needs to be done, this information should put men, especially those who are already in a category that is at higher risk of developing CKD (i.e., diabetics, hypertensives, etc.), on high alert in terms of safeguarding their health to avoid developing CKD and for those with CKD to re-double their efforts to manage their chronic kidney disease through conventional care, diet and nutrition and supplements. 

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