Around ten percent of Vietnamese people suffer from gradual kidney failure which raises the risk of death by five times, an expert said at a Saturday seminar in Ho Chi Minh Ciy.
Pham Van Bui, general secretary of HCMC Nephrology Association, said the number of patients are around eight million at present and this is increasing rapidly along with those suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and anaemia.
Bui said patients with gradual kidney failure have a 34 percent higher risk of having coronary problems and/or strokes.
The condition cannot be treated and symptoms can be seen only when the kidney functions at one tenth of its normal capacity, he said.
Doctor Nguyen Thi Bay from HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacology Hospital said people can use less protein, salt and cigarettes to slow down the process of the disease and save themselves from costly treatments like kidney transplants.