Kidneys: What’s the Big Deal?

Donal O’Donoghue  is a Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal and is Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Manchester.shutterstock_141723022

Kidneys are amazing but so are the other vital organs. Disease of the kidney is no more important that disease of the brain or cardio-respiratory systems. Indeed one could argue it is less important because kidney disease is usually silent but it’s also common, harmful and yet treatable. The real reason however to notice the kidney function results is that they provide a window onto the functioning of the body. It’s a built-in early warning system.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a more powerful predictor of vascular events than diabetes and the mortality of acute kidney injury (AKI) is responsible for over 12,000 preventable deaths in England each year. Continue reading

Kidney Disease in Older People – why we should be involved as Geriatricians

Miles Witham is a Clinical Reader in Ageing and Health, University of Dundee, and is an Associate Editor for Age and Ageing journal.shutterstock_79903867

If you are reading this post in having fought through a bad winter, overburdened by emergency admissions and colleague absences, your initial reaction to the title might well be ‘Oh no, yet another area of work that someone wants me to take on’. Having been on call this weekend, I sympathise – but allow me to illustrate why I think that the time has arrived for us as geriatricians to get involved in kidney disease. Continue reading