About 1.2 million deaths were directly related to CKD, while an additional 1.4 million cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths were attributed to impaired kidney function.This is according to the authors of the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBDS)  (1990-2017), published last year. The authors noted that the prevalence of CKD in sub-Saharan Africa was much higher than expected.1  The above-mentioned numbers show that more people were living with CKD in 2017 than those with diabetes, osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, or depressive disorders. In addition, CKD resulted in more deaths than tuberculosis or HIV, and equalled the number of deaths due to road injuries.1

More than 9% of the global population were diagnosed with all-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) in 2017 [Image: Shutterstock].

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