待售的肾

纽黑文—3月12日是世界肾脏日,也是旨在让人们警惕肾脏疾病的全球健康活动的组成部分之一。悲哀的是,没有什么可庆祝的。

根据国际肾病学会的消息,世界范围内有超过5亿人受到肾脏疾病的影响,或者说是成年人的10%。随着越来越多的人身患高血压和糖尿病(这是肾脏疾病带来的的主要危险),情况只会变得更糟。

最严重的肾脏疾病—肾衰竭—每年会新增180万例。除非肾衰竭患者接受肾移植或是进行透析(这种程序可以清楚血液内的毒素,但是价格昂贵,还要持续终生),几周之内就会死亡。

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