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India sees 50% surge in renal failure deaths in less than a decade

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.

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