Many Malaysian women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) face early death compared to men living with the disease.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) chairman Datuk Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher said that though there were no proven reasons as to why the illness puts women at a higher risk, it is believed that women tend to delay health screening due to social reasons, among them, having to care for their families.
"Recent studies have also shown that CKD is more likely to develop in women compared to men with an average prevalence of 14 % in women and 12 % in men," he said.
"It is possible to lose up to 90 % of kidney function without experiencing any signs," he said.
As CKD has no symptoms, it was important for everyone to have regular health checks and be more proactive in detecting the disease, he added.