India faces a soaring burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), with a vast majority of patients who progress to the end stage; the end result is a potential renal failure.
When kidneys can stop functioning from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a transplant is the only reliable option. ESRD is also known as renal failure, severe kidney failure, and stage 5 chronic kidney diseases.
The next option is switching over to dialysis, also called as artificial kidney. However, a transplant is the best way to regain health, and frees the recipient from dialysis.
There is a strong case rapidly to increase facilities for free or highly-subsidized dialysis access to this therapy can cost a prohibitive Rs. 300,000 a year.
Recently emerged evidences points that a simple medical protocol can assist in preventing most patients with compromised kidney function from developing end-stage disease early.
Distinguished Nephrologist, M. Krishna Mani revealed in his paper “Treating Renal Disease in India's Poor: The Art of the Possible”, that a 15-year study of patients surviving with chronic kidney disease from 1993 possess the desired potential for a significant extension of life using the protocol.
However, in contrast with patients who were not part of the regimen, the treatment extended life by even 17 years.