Australian Bureau of Statistics
4364.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12
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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, 0.8% of the Australian population (181,900 people) reported having 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 above had the highest rate of kidney disease (3.7%)
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results
This page last updated 4 December 2012
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