According to the National Kidney Foundation, women are more likely to develop kidney disease than men, but men are at a higher risk of having kidney issues that progress to kidney failure. Here’s what you should know about some of the key factors related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) in men:
In general, African Americans have a higher risk of developing CKD than other groups. It is also important to note that studies show that men who are living with CKD have a great challenge keeping their blood pressure levels stable, which can lead to other health complications.
Studies have shown that men who were born with low birth-weight are considerably more at risk of developing CKD. Researchers found that men who weighed less than 5.5 lbs at birth were 65% more likely to have CKD than those who were born at an average weight.
Men who have a high body mass index (BMI) and diabetes are vulnerable to low testosterone levels. According to research, men who are in stages 3 or 4 CKD with low testosterone have an increased risk of death.
In addition to CKD, men should be aware of the risk factors associated with these other kidney diseases:
When it comes to kidney health, be sure to visit your primary care doctor regularly. Following your physician’s advice can help you live a healthy, safe, and active lifestyle.