4338.0 - Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13
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Kidney disease is a chronic disease in which a person's kidney function is reduced or damaged. This affects the kidney's ability to filter blood and therefore control the body's water and other hormone levels, leading to increased fluid and waste within the body. The increase in these fluids can cause high blood pressure, anemia, and uremia. Kidney disease is associated with several other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and is a significant cause of mortality in Australia.
In 2011-12, 0.9% of persons aged 2 years and over (183,400 people) had kidney disease. There was no difference in the rate of kidney disease for men and women (0.8% and 0.9% respectively).
Kidney disease, as with many health conditions, increases in prevalence across older ages. In 2011-12, people aged 75 years and over had the highest rate of kidney disease (4.0%).
Source(s): Australian Health Survey, Updated Results, 2011-12
Previous results for kidney disease
National Health Survey 2007–08, 2004–05, 1995
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2004-05
Other articles on kidney disease
The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008: Health conditions and illness
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