I usually post health news that might be helpful make decisions that help them or others, but I'm putting this out just because it is good news, and it's nice to have that.https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/uomh-kdh120116.php
Public Release: 2-Dec-2016
Kidney disease hospitalization and mortality rates continue to decline in the US
United States Renal Data System 2016 report highlights current trends in kidney disease
University of Michigan Health System
According to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S.
Along with those rates, the report highlights several current trends in kidney disease in the U.S., including Medicare spending in the patient population and number of kidney transplants.
This year's report provides data from 2014 and is released by the USRDS coordinating center based at the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, in partnership with Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.
The report states that hospitalization rates among end-stage kidney disease patients decreased to 1.7 admissions per patient per year, as compared to 2.1 in 2005, or a reduction of 19 percent. End-stage kidney disease is the last stage of chronic kidney disease when the kidneys can no longer remove waste and excess water from the body, and dialysis or kidney transplantation is necessary for survival.
In addition, mortality rates continue to decrease for dialysis and transplant patients, falling by 32 percent and 44 percent, respectively, since 1996.
"Most recent estimates indicate 14.8 percent of U.S. adults have chronic kidney disease," says Rajiv Saran, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan and director of the USRDS coordinating center. "Fortunately, we've seen steeper declines in mortality rates in more recent years in this patient population, which is promising."