Results & Feedback: What has ARDAC found?

The first phase of the ARDAC Study (2002-2007) found that:

  • There was no increase in the urinary markers for chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal children
  • Risk factors for chronic kidney and heart disease such as overweight and obesity were common amongst both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children
  • There were no significant differences for any of the study outcomes (protein and blood in the urine, obesity & high blood pressure), between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children
  • This suggests end-stage kidney disease in Aboriginal people may be preventable during early adult life

These results were surprising considering the health differences that exist in adults and suggest that chronic kidney disease may be preventable if appropriate interventions can be developed and implemented during adolescence and early adult life.

Further analysis of the study results from more recent screening (2008-2009) is currently in progress.