Spike in end-stage kidney disease fuelled by diabetes epidemic

While the ageing population is contributing to increasing numbers of people being treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation, experts say a rise in diabetes-related kidney disease is a major factor.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Dialysis and kidney transplantation in Australia, showed diabetes was behind most end-stage kidney disease treated in 2009, accounting for 33% of new cases compared with just 13% in 1991.

Dr Tim Mathew, Kidney Health Australia’s medical director said despite the number of people receiving dialysis tripling to 10,432 from 1991–2009,