Kidney disease is a major global health crisis caused mainly by diabetes and high blood pressure, with 16% of the world’s population or 2.6 million patients requiring dialysis. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Malaysia is becoming increasingly common among younger people.
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, there are currently over 40,000 people suffering from kidney disease in Malaysia, and over 8,000 new cases have been diagnosed every year since 2018. Study shows that the prevalence rate of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Malaysia has increased from 9.07% in 2011 to 15.48% in 2018.
Kidney disease symptoms are often subtle, and they can be easily overlooked or mistaken for something else. The most common symptoms that you may experience from kidney diseases are pain or burning sensation during urination, swelling in the feet or ankles, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness.
Early detection of kidney disease is important because it can help to prevent kidney failure or more serious complications. If you are worried about the functionality of your kidney or have some kidney disease symptoms, you should consult with a doctor immediately.