Kidney Dialysis 370.
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Israel will mark World Kidney Disease Awareness Day on Thursday as experts are
concerned by a “worrisome increase” in the condition, in which kidney failure
leads to the need for dialysis.
Some 400,000 patients with uncontrolled
diabetes are at risk of kidney failure, according to the Israel Association of
Kidney Dialysis Patients. Between 1997 and 2007, when the figures were last
reported, the rate of patients with kidney failure increased by 70
The only other alternative is a kidney transplant, but many
patients die from the disease before an organ becomes available.
expectancy of patients with new kidneys is a decade longer than those on
In addition to 6,000 patients on dialysis, in which the blood
is filtered to remove toxins resulting from kidney failure, some 10,000 more are
estimated to suffer from advanced kidney dysfunction and will need dialysis in
another few years.
Diabetes is responsible for two-fifths of all kidney
Early diagnosis of kidney problems by undergoing EGFR
(estimated glomerular filtration rate) tests and proper treatment can prevent
decline of kidney function. Patients’ routines are completely changed by their
condition, including limits on how much they can drink.
chairman Amos Kanaf said that at last count, there were 19.3 kidney failure
patients per 100,000 compared to 11.3 per 100,000 a decade before.
diagnosis is vital for reducing the need for dialysis, thus awareness must be
boosted in the population, said Dr.
Shimon Sturch, head of the nephrology
department at Bnai Zion Hospital in Haifa. Proper nutrition, including reducing
the amount of protein, sodium and phosphorus in the diet, is recommended. High
phosphorus levels raise the risk of death by 40% in such
Patients are invited to workshops, sessions with dietitians and
other events. The association was set up in 1995 to help kidney patients cope
with their disease and help protect their rights.