Jan 28, 2023
Canadian researchers have developed an online calculator to predict a person’s risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). The tool, which takes three to five minutes to complete, was created 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. The calculator is part of Project Big Life, a group of Canadian researchers, clinicians and data scientists creating simple risk quizzes for people to understand their health. The project was funded by the Kidney Foundation of Canada and is supported by ICES. An estimated 1 in 7 people in the United States have CKD.
The calculator asks users questions about their lifestyle and habits, such as how much alcohol they drink, how active they are, and their basic medical history. Using data from ICES, an independent Ontario health statistics non-profit, the team was able to determine how different factors add to a person's risk. The team took an extra step and tested the equation with a completely different population to ensure it could predict accurately whether someone is at risk of developing kidney disease. They tested the tool on people in the United Kingdom, which added more time to the overall project.
Dr. Manish Sood, a kidney specialist who co-led the development of the online calculator, said
"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,"
He further added that the calculator is not meant to make people anxious, but to empower them by giving them the information they need to be informed about their health.
Chronic kidney disease is a serious condition that affects the functioning of the kidneys. The kidneys play an important role in regulating the electrolyte composition in the body, controlling blood pressure, secreting vitamin D and erythropoietin, and performing an overall cleaning filtration function on the blood. A number of factors can put people at risk of developing chronic kidney disease, but the most common, as per Dr. Sood, are high blood pressure and diabetes.
In conclusion, The Ottawa Hospital has developed an online calculator that can help predict a person’s risk of developing chronic kidney disease. The calculator takes three to five minutes to complete and is part of Project Big Life, a group of Canadian researchers, clinicians and data scientists creating simple risk quizzes for people to understand their health. The project was funded by the Kidney Foundation of Canada and is supported by ICES. The calculator aims to help people understand their risk factors and raise awareness as the number of people living with end-stage kidney disease continues to increase.
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