New Delhi: Deaths due to renal failure in India have doubled in less than a decade, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health. While in 2001-03, 2.2% of all deaths in the 15-69 years age-group were from renal failure, the proportion rose to 3.2% in 2010-13. Majority of those who died due to renal failure were in their 40s or 50s, reports ToI.
“In 2015, we estimate that about 1,36,000 Indian adults died prematurely as a result of renal failure, representing about 3% of all premature adult mortality and 1.5 times the proportions observed in the previous decade,” wrote the team of researchers lead by Anna J Dare.
The researchers noted that renal failure was driven by the rising prevalence of poorly treated diabetes, especially in urban areas. Diabetes accounts for a third of the renal disease deaths in the country. The prevalence of diabetes in India is about 9% among adults. Hypertension and cardiovascular diseases were also found to be significantly associated with renal failure deaths.