People with chronic kidney disease are more likely to be treated with hemodialysis. Although a life-saving treatment, it represents a heavy burden on quality of life, with frequent visits to a dialysis center.

The costs of kidney health

In the United States, peritoneal dialysis, home dialysis and transplantation are more easily available compared to the rest of the world and should be given proper attention when selecting a care plan for kidney patients.

Medicare spending for patients with chronic kidney disease ages 65 and older exceeded $50 billion in 2013 and represented 20 percent of all Medicare spending in this age group. More than 70 percent of Medicare spending for chronic kidney disease patients ages 65 and older was incurred by those who also had diabetes, congestive heart failure or both.

“17,600 kidney transplants were performed in the United States in 2013 but less than one-third of transplanted kidneys were from living donors.”

Returning to normality

Where possible, a kidney transplant is the best option for a relatively active and normal lifestyle. 17,600 kidney transplants were performed in the United States in 2013 but less than one-third of transplanted kidneys were from living donors. From 2012 to 2013, there was a 3.1 percent increase in the cumulative number of recipients with a functioning kidney transplant.

It is critical to combine all our resources to create awareness and promote healthy living to reduce the impact of diabetes and hypertension on chronic kidney disease.