Women and Kidney Disease: Reflections on World Kidney Day 2018

Kidney Health and Women's Health: A Case for Optimizing Outcomes for Present and Future Generations

Giorgina B. Piccoli; Mona Alrukhaimi; Zhi-Hong Liu; Elena Zakharova; Adeera Levin


Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2018;33(2):189-193. 

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Women have unique risks for kidney diseases. Kidney diseases and issues related to access to care have a profound impact on both the current and next generations. Advocating for improved access to care for women is critical to maintain the health of families, communities and populations. There is a clear need for greater awareness, timely diagnosis and proper follow-up of CKD in pregnancy.

Focused studies on the unique contribution of sex hormones, and the interaction of sex hormones and other physiology, are important to improve our understanding of the progression of kidney diseases. Immunological conditions such as pregnancy (viewed as a state of tolerance to non-self) as well as SLE and other autoimmune and systemic conditions common in women, when better studied, may also lead to breakthroughs in understanding and care paradigms.

World Kidney Day and International Women's Day 2018 are commemorated on the same day, an opportunity to highlight the importance of women's health and particularly their kidney health. On its 13th anniversary, World Kidney Day promotes affordable and equitable access to health education, health care and prevention of kidney diseases for all women and girls around the world.