NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new online survey was conducted by National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
"The new survey on gout shows some important findings that can help guide conversations between patients and their health care professionals. The survey shows that kidney patients want more information about gout and how to best treat it, but most are turning to the internet instead of their doctors for advice. The survey also shows a need for professional education on the interrelationships between CKD and gout," said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NKF.
Of the 302 medical professionals surveyed who provide primary or nephrology care to adults with CKD the survey found:
Of the 411 adult patients with CKD surveyed, the findings report:
"Kidney patients are at an increased risk for experiencing gout. If left untreated gout can lead to permanent joint damage and increase the risk for kidney stones, which can cause kidney damage," added Dr. Vassalotti. "The survey results bring attention to the impact of CKD and gout, two diseases that continue to increase in prevalence, exacting both a human and financial toll on society and our healthcare system."
About the SurveyThe online clinician survey was conducted among 302 medical professionals who provide primary or nephrology care in the United States to adults with CKD. The survey was focused on exploring their opinions and practices in testing and treating these patients for gout/hyperuricemia. The online patient survey was conducted among 411 adults with chronic kidney disease, gout/hyperuricemia, or both. The survey focused on exploring their awareness and experience related to gout and CKD. The survey was made possible through an educational grant from Takeda.
About GoutGout is a painful disease that occurs when uric acid, a normal waste product, builds up in the blood and forms crystals in the joints and/or kidneys. Uric acid normally dissolves in the blood, is excreted by the kidney, and leaves the body in the urine. If the body makes extra uric acid, or if the kidneys cannot clear enough of it, then uric acid levels in the blood will become too high, a condition known as hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is not a disease and may not cause problems, but if it continues for a long time and conditions in the body are right, crystals may form and cause gout. For people with gout most experts recommend that uric acid levels stay below 6.0 mg/dL in order to prevent gout joint attacks. Foods and drinks that contribute most to hyperuricemia and gout include: red meat, organ meat, seafood, beer, liquor, and sugar-sweetened items, especially with high fructose corn syrup. Health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol may also lead to increased uric acid and the development of gout. Other causes of hyperuricemia and gout include kidney disease, exposure to lead, hypothyroidism, severe illness or stress, and extreme physical exertion. Some people with gout do not have high uric acid levels, so it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter the level. Do not smoke, follow a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise. More information is available including videos, infographic, quick-facts, professional resources to educate patients, and an updated patient mobile app designed to help control gout and protect kidney function.
Kidney Disease Facts30 million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren't aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.
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SOURCE National Kidney Foundation
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