Writing in the International Journal of Epidemiology top researchers suggested that, "the number of deaths attributable to the condition [high blood pressure] globally over the next 20 years may substantially exceed the number resulting from HIV/AIDS." It is well documented that people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have an extremely high risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease (heart disease) largely due to high blood pressure (hypertension) and it is a major risk factor for mortality (death). In fact, it is the leading cause of death among those on dialysis.
The numbers associated with high blood pressure in the CKD community are quite astounding. It is estimated that hypertension occurs in 84.1% of people in CKD stage 4 to 5, 59.9% of those in stage 3, and 35.8% to 48.1% in stages 1 and 2. 87% of Diabetics also suffer with high blood pressure putting them at a much elevated risk for End Stage Renal Disease or Cardiovascular death.
Still, researchers say the response of most governments and international aid agencies to hypertension is a "little better than the reaction to HIV/AIDS 20 years ago – too little too late." They also note that there is "denial" and misunderstanding about the impact of hypertension.
Hence, whether you are CKD stage 5 (end stage), earlier stages, or a Diabetic you should not rely on just your healthcare team to take care of your likely high blood pressure challenge. Remember, you have some control over your blood pressure. By maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising regularly, limiting salt intake, not drinking too much alcohol and taking prescribed medicines on time; you are taking the necessary steps to protect yourself against hypertension.
You should also buy a home blood pressure monitor to keep track of your blood pressure as often as deem see necessary. In some cases your insurance may cover a blood pressure device. If not, you can find affordable blood pressure monitors in most drug stores. Also, you should be sure to pick up a Brand New copy of KidneyBuzz.com's, Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes, a Diet and Life Management Guide! Not only will you have 20 easy-to-make recipes that will help you maintain your blood pressure within a healthy range; for just $10.00 you will also support KidneyBuzz.com in offsetting some of the expenses necessary to provide you with Daily News and FREE information such as this article. From all of the feedback we have received, it is clear that the Daily News coverage we provide improves our readers' quality of life and helps them better manage CKD and Diabetes as well as get a Kidney Transplant sooner. We urge your continued support of KidneyBuzz.com in this important purpose.
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University of East Anglia. "Is High Blood Pressure the New HIV Epidemic?" Http://medicalxpress.com/. International Journal of Epidemiology.
"What's Your Blood Pressure?" Http://www.davita.com/. DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
R. Hajhosseiny, K. Khavandi, D. J. Goldsmith. "Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease." Http://www.medscape.com/. WebMD LLC.