oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - The epidemic of chronic kidney disease : editorial
The epidemic of chronic kidney disease Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasingly being acknowledged as a worldwide public health problem which leads to progressive renal failure, cardiovascular disease and premature death. The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES III) in the USA found that an estimated 20 million Americans have CKD. It is among the leading causes of death in the industrialised world, and the 9th most important cause of death in the USA.
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