SERIOUS PROBLEM:A government survey in 2007 showed that about one in 10 adults in Taiwan is likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease
Date: Mar 14, 2016
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
A World Kidney Day fair was held in Taipei yesterday to raise public awareness about kidney health, as deaths related to kidney disease have become one of the top 10 causes of death in Taipei over the past two years.
The event, held by the Taipei City Department of Health and Taiwan Society of Nephrology at the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Plaza, saw medical personnel from 28 hospitals provide free health information and blood pressure readings.
World Kidney Day is an international awareness campaign that takes place on the second Thursday in March every year.
The department said that pyelonephritis (kidney inflammation), nephrotic syndrome and diabetic nephropathy were the seventh-highest causes of death in 2014.
A survey conducted by the central government’s Health Promotion Administration in 2007 showed that about one in 10 adults (aged more than 20) in Taiwan is likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease, it said, adding that people with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or diabetes are 1.58 to 2.35 times more likely to develop kidney disease than unaffected people. [FULL STORY]