New online calculator can help Canadians predict their risk of developing kidney disease – CTV

Jan. 27, 2023

A new online calculator developed by Canadian researchers can help predict a person’s risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

The tool was developed by a team at The Ottawa Hospital to help people understand their risk factors and raise awareness as the number of people living with end-stage kidney disease continues to increase.

Nearly one in 10 Canadians have a type of kidney disease, which do not show symptoms until it’s extremely severe, the Kidney Foundation of Canada states.

The registered charity says a person can lose more than 50 per cent of their kidney function before symptoms appear.

“We wanted to create a tool that can help people understand their risk, understand things that they can modify in their lifestyle that might help reduce the risk and to teach in general about chronic kidney disease,” Dr. Manish Sood, a kidney specialist who co-led the development of the online calculator, told in an interview on Thursday.

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