The World Kidney Day was observed in Karachi as elsewhere in the country on Thursday.

Addressing a gathering at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi‚ experts said that chronic kidney disease often goes undetected affecting quality of life with patients not exhibiting any symptoms until over three-quarters of kidney function is lost. They said Chronic Kidney Disease is a progressive condition in which the kidneys lose their function over a period of months or years.

Doctors say that CKD can develop at any age but it becomes more common with increasing age. In addition to the natural aging of the kidneys‚ many conditions which damage the kidneys are more common in older people including diabetes‚ high blood pressure and heart disease. He said that it is estimated that about one in five men and one in four women between the ages of 65 and 74 have kidney disease.

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