Kidney Disease in West Texas and the U.S.
- In West Texas, over 1200 persons need
machine dialysis to live...they are part of the 217,000 Americans currently on dialysis
and the 20 million people in this country afflicted with kidney or urinary tract diseases.
- Over 1000 Texans are currently waiting for a life saving kidney transplant. Over 200
kidney transplants have been performed in Lubbock.
- Thousands of other area residents have chronic kidney damage and many will face the
prospect of kidney replacement within their lifetime.
- More than a billion dollars are needed each year for kidney disease related health care
- More than 20 million Americans suffer from diseases of the kidney and urinary tract.
More than 90,000 die each year because of these diseases.
- About 200,000 Americans suffer from chronic kidney failure and need an artificial kidney
machine to stay alive.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure; diabetes accounts for
approximately one third of new cases of chronic kidney failure in the United States each
- Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure is the second leading cause of
chronic kidney failure in the United States; it accounts for about 30 percent of all
- More than 27,000 patients are waiting for kidney transplants, but only about 11,000 will
receive transplants this year because of a shortage of suitable organ donors.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate problems) affect 60 percent of men by age 50 and
more than 80 percent of men by age 80.
- Currently, some 1 million Americans are treated each year for kidney stones. The
majority of these cases occurring in people between 20 and 40 years of age. Kidney stones
are more common in men, who account for four out of five cases.
- Kidney and urinary tract diseases continue to be one of the major causes of work-loss
among men and women. Approximately 27 million American out-patients' visits result from
kidney and urinary tract problems.
- Urinary incontinence, the loss of urine control causes by illness, medications or aging,
effects about 10 million Americans. Although effective treatments are available, only
about 10 percent of those who suffer from urinary incontinence seek medical care for the
problem, often because of embarrassment.
- Since diseases of the kidney and urinary tract remain a major cause of
illness and death in the United States, a concerted effort by the
government, the private sector and lay and medical volunteers is needed
to ease their toll on society.