A Hidden Epidemic: More than 850 Million Suffer from Kidney Diseases Worldwide, Organizations Report

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The global burden of kidney diseases is much higher than commonly reported, according to a notice recently issued by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), European Renal Association—European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and International Society of Nephrology (ISN).

“We estimate that over 850 million people worldwide have some form of kidney disease, which is roughly double the number of people who live with diabetes (422 million [1]) and 20 times more than the prevalence of cancer worldwide (42 million [2]) or people living with AIDS/HIV (36.7 million [3]),” the groups stated.

The three

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