CKD and the ‘big four’

Neoplasms, COPD, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes (the ‘big four’) lead to the highest proportion of disease burden among all non communicable diseases (NCDs). However, many other NCDs lead to a comparable proportion of disease burden, yet do not receive as much attention as the ‘big four’. Chronic kidney disease is one of them. (Lopez et al. BMC Medicine 2014, 12:200

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