The holiday season often is filled with family and friends, holiday parties, and faith-based traditions. You don't have to be a health expert to spark a kidney health conversation at your holiday gatherings. With the Kidney Sundays Toolkit or Family Reunion Health Guide, you can better understand your risks and talk to loved ones at your place of worship and at home about the importance of kidney health.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are common health issues among African Americans. These conditions can damage the kidneys over time and may even cause kidney failure. Here are some other reasons to get checked:
You also should be checked for kidney disease if you have:
Help your family or faith community Make the Kidney Connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. You don't have to be a health expert to talk to them about kidney health and the importance of getting checked. The National Kidney Disease Education Program's easy-to-use tools—the Family Reunion Health Guide and Kidney Sundays Toolkit—tell you how. Visit www.nkdep.nih.gov to view or order them.
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Page last updated: March 1, 2012