Chronic kidney disease and ageing
In recent decades, life expectancy has significantly extended, and the number of elderly people in each population
increases significantly during the subsequent years. Ageing is associated with a physiological deterioration
of kidney function, however, in patients with additional diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and
obesity, there is often stronger severity of kidney damage. It has been estimated that the prevalence of chronic
kidney disease (CKD) in the older population is several times higher than in the general population. It is considered
that in addition to the mentioned above comorbid the socio-economic factors also increases prevalence
of CKD. The occurrence of CKD significantly increases the mortality, deteriorating the quality of life of these
subjects and is also severe financial problem for the health care system because of the high costs of renal replacement
therapy. For this reason, renal replacement therapy in elderly patients is expensive and not always
brings measurable benefits.
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