Kidney Health Survey

Kidney Health Survey: How Healthy Are Your Kidneys? Image

NCERx recently surveyed 1,100 people regarding their kidney health, including kidney pain history and prevention practices. While 71 percent of respondents reported that they have experienced some form of kidney pain, 78 percent don’t suffer from any of the listed chronic conditions that would trigger this pain. Most cases of kidney problems occur occasionally and tend to be less severe.

The more water people drank, the less likely they were to suffer from a urinary tract infection (UTI). In the graph below, the y-axis reflects the number of UTIs reported, while the individual bars indicate the amount of water consumed daily. As the graph indicates, the incidence of UTIs is proportional to the amount of water consumed.

Researchers found that 66 percent of respondents drank less than the recommended six glasses per day, and 69 percent have had a UTI. Unfortunately, 40 percent only drank two to four glasses of water per day, putting themselves at a greater risk of UTI.

While most people drink less than the recommended amount of water and have experienced kidney pain, they also are taking measures to prevent further kidney problems. Of all the respondents, 64 percent have increased their water intake. Only 14 percent reported having done nothing to prevent kidney problems. However, 14 percent also indicated that they have never experienced kidney pain. Consequently, it’s difficult to determine whether those who haven’t taken preventative measures actually suffer from kidney problems. The lack of action possibly stems from the lack of a problem.

NCERx’s survey found that kidney problems are common, though they tend to be minor and intermittent. Although most people fall short of the recommended water intake, they are conscious of it and are making an effort to promote general kidney health.

Kidney Health Survey
Question/Answer Responses Percentage
Have you ever experienced kidney pain? 897  
Yes 638 71.13%
No 134 14.94%
Not Sure 125 13.94%
 
What caused (or is causing) the kidney pain? (Select all that apply) 626  
Kidney stones 304 48.56%
Infection 245 39.14%
Cancer 9 1.44%
Cysts 29 4.63%
Other 41 6.55%
I don’t know 160 25.56%
 
Have you tried any of the following to relieve kidney pain? (Select all that apply) 602  
Applied heat/cold 199 33.06%
Prescription medicine 387 64.29%
Over-the-counter medicine 212 35.22%
Alternative therapy (massage, acupuncture, meditation, etc.) 44 7.31%
None of the above 129 21.43%
 
Did the treatment help relieve your pain? 594  
Yes 310 52.19%
No 172 28.96%
Not applicable 112 18.86%
 
Have you ever had a kidney stone? 846  
Yes 308 36.41%
No 410 48.46%
Not Sure 128 15.13%
 
Have you ever had a urinary tract infection? 855  
Yes 584 68.30%
No 197 23.04%
Not Sure 74 8.65%
 
There are always substantially more people in need of organ transplants than there are organ donors. One proposal to increase the organ supply is to adopt the “presumed consent” system used in France, Spain, Italy, Singapore and several other countries. In the presumed consent system, everyone would be considered a donor unless they opt-out, or choose to not be a donor. Do you agree or disagree that your country should adopt this system? 765  
Strongly Agree 215 28.10%
Agree 175 22.88%
Moderately Agree 112 14.64%
Neither Agree nor Disagree 117 15.29%
Moderately Disagree 37 4.84%
Disagree 51 6.67%
Strongly Disagree 59 7.71%
 
How much water do you usually drink each day? (one cup = eight ounces) 788  
2-4 cups 312 39.59%
four to six cups 206 26.14%
6-8 cups 155 19.67%
eight to ten cups 69 8.76%
10-12 cups 47 5.96%
 
Are you currently doing any of the following to help prevent kidney problems? (Select all that apply) 755  
Improve diet 335 44.37%
Increasing exercise 243 32.19%
Increasing water consumption 486 64.37%
Controlling blood sugar (I ‘m diabetic) 0 0.00%
None of the above 170 22.52%
 
Do you suffer from any of the following? (Select all that apply) 732  
Anemia 71 9.70%
Diabetes 79 10.79%
Chronic Renal Failure 22 3.01%
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) 7 0.96%
Amyloidosis 1 0.14%
Liver Cirrhosis 7 0.96%
Endocarditis 2 0.27%
Multiple Myeloma 2 0.27%
Sjogren’s Syndrome 7 0.96%
None of the above 574 78.42%
 
What is your gender? 755  
Male 181 23.97%
Female 574 76.03%
 
What is your age? 764  
17 years or under 17 2.23%
18 — 24 years 76 9.95%
25 — 44 years 382 50.00%
45 — 64 years 259 33.90%
65 years or older 31 4.06%