A new online tool may help predict whether someone with chronic
kidney disease will develop kidney failure in the next two to five
Using results from kidney function tests, the tool helps those at
high risk for kidney failure prepare for dialysis or kidney
transplant. It also provides reassuance to those who likely
won’t progress to kidney failure, said lead researcher Dr.
Navdeep Tangri, an associate professor of nephrology at the
University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.
Tangri said that, working with their doctor, patients can use the
tool’s findings to help lower their risk of kidney
failure by better controlling their blood pressure and blood sugar,
along with eating a healthy diet and exercising.
“In nine out of 10 cases, patients think their risk is higher
than it actually is,” Tangri said. “Most of the time,
the information provides them with peace of mind.”In the United States, about 26 million people have kidney
the National Kidney Foundation says. Kidney
failure occurs when approximately 85 to 90 percent of your kidney
function is gone, according to the foundation.In 2013, more than 117,000 patients developed kidney
the study authors said. About 1 percent of those
with chronic kidney disease develop kidney failure every two years,
The tool can help patients in several ways, Tangri said. It can
help patients and doctors plan for potential dialysis or
transplant. Because patients who need dialysis require an operation
to create a fistula to connect them to the machine and it takes
months of healing before the fistula can be used, the surgery can
take place long before dialysis begins.
For patients who need a kidney transplant, the tool allows them to
get on a transplant list earlier.For more on kidney disease, visit the National Kidney Foundation.
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