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Kidney-related diseases almost doubled in past decade: IMA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

On World Day today, the IMA said the prevalence of has almost doubled in the past decade and is expected to rise further.

R N Tandon said the prevalence of and in urban adult population has risen to 20 per cent as per the of Medical Research data.

"With rising prevalence of various in India, prevalence of disease has also almost doubled in the last decade and is expected to rise further," Tandon said.

"Besides the large and ever growing burden of (and hypertension), various people are affected by diseases due to over-the- counter drugs and traditional medicines containing heavy metals which harm the kidneys," the said.

On this World Day, which coincides with the International Women's Day, the IMA said it wishes to bring the focus back on health and emphasises the important role played by women in the health of their family and the society.

The risk of developing chronic disease (CKD) is at least as high in women as in men, and may even be higher. However, the number of women on in is lower than the number of men, Tandon said.

The IMA launched a Disease Prevention project today, as part of which screening and awareness drives will be organised to identify the population at risk.

Garima Aggarwal, the convener of the project, said: "Every year pregnancy related diseases account for a major cause of maternal mortality in our country. The burden of chronic diseases in is approximately 800 affected per million people (pmp) with 230 pmp with advanced disease needing some form of in the form of or renal "

"It is clear that treatment of disease and its is expensive and beyond the reach of average Indian. Thus, it is crucial that prevention of chronic disease has to be the goal of medical fraternity, government of and the general public," Aggarwal said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 18:50 IST
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