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Age, CKD and other kidney messages

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Chronic kidney disease in the elderly is common, potentially harmful and amenable to nuanced management

Every March for the past 8 years, the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations have jointly organised World Kidney Day (WKD; http://www.worldkidneyday.org). The purpose of WKD is to increase the awareness of kidney disease among politicians, the general public, general practitioners, physicians, nephrologists and other health care workers. WKD has been taken up with gusto in an increasing number of countries around the world, including Australia, and it is evident that the messages are being heard and to some extent have influenced policy. This year’s WKD will be held on 13 March, around the theme of “Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and aging”. Is this a message as substantive as those of previous WKDs?

Previous messages have been standouts. In 2007, the message was that kidney disease is common (affecting 10% of adults worldwide), harmful (not only from complications of CKD and end-stage kidney disease [ESKD], but also from a substantially increased risk of premature death, especially from cardiovascular causes) and treatable.1 In 2009 and 2010, the nexus between kidney…