The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is pleased to recognize today as World Kidney Day, during National Kidney Month.
National Kidney Month focuses attention on a common, serious, and treatable problem that too often is diagnosed too late. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kidney disease affects 4.5 million African Americans in the United States. African Americans make up about 14 percent of the US population but account for 32 percent of new cases of kidney failure.
During National Kidney Month, NKDEP wants more African Americans to make the connection between the roles poorly managed diabetes and high blood pressure can play in increasing ones risk for kidney disease.
There are 10 things you can do to be kind to your kidneys and to look out for family and friends. Topping the list is getting tested for kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure.
Learn about the other nine actions by visiting www.nkdep.nih.gov/get-involved/kidney-month.shtml.
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Page last updated: March 1, 2012