Author: Paula Nwajei

Hypertension – A Silent Killer

High blood pressure causes over 7.5 million deaths worldwide, approximately 13% of all annual deaths. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 46% of Africans have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). This accounts for the highest rate of hypertension worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 75 million individuals live with hypertension. It was…

A Primer on Managing Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease is defined as ongoing kidney damage for greater than 3 months.  It can be structural, electrolyte abnormalities, functional (decrease in glomerular filtration rate). The most common cause of CKD in Africa Hypertensive Neuropathy ( Hypertension) and Diabetes. Despite the increased prevalence of CKD, the National Kidney Foundation studies showed that there is…

Diabetes & Its Long-Term Implications

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure worldwide. Yet, over 60% of adults in Africa who have diabetes do not know they have it — the highest percentage of undiagnosed diabetes in the world. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that about 19.4 million adults in Africa are currently living with diabetes, and an additional 45…

Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease

You have probably heard of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), or “kidney failure” as it is often called. Did you know that CKD is currently the 12th most common cause of death in the world? In fact, CKD is expected to become more common in the coming years, as urbanization spreads globally at break-neck speed. The prevalence of CKD is increasing globally — rapidly rising in Asia and Africa (while declining in North America and Europe). In 2017, an estimated 700M people worldwide were suffering from the disease, with ~70M of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.