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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

Make The Kidney Connection News
July 22, 2011

Recent Study Reports Spike in Diabetes-Related Kidney Disease

Talk with your loved ones this summer about the importance of kidney health.


If you have noticed more people in your family and community being diagnosed with diabetes, you are not alone.

A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, and reported by Reuters wire service, found that kidney damage from diabetes has increased by 34% in the last 20 years—meaning nearly seven million Americans have diabetes-related kidney disease.

As you may know, diabetes is one of the two leading risk factors for kidney disease. The other is high blood pressure.

The summer season is in full swing—with plenty of cookouts, community events, and family reunions on the horizon. It’s the perfect time to initiate a conversation with your loved ones about the importance of kidney health and the connection with diabetes.

An image of the cover of Family Reunion Guide.

NKDEP’s Family Reunion Health Guide can help you explain to your family that preventing and/or managing diabetes helps to protect the kidneys. The Guide offers three different approaches, including:

Having health conversations with your loved ones can make a big difference and may help to save someone’s life. And you don’t have to be a health expert. Family Reunion Planner Lyndra Marshall from the Washington, DC area recently shared how she used the Family Reunion Health Guide to talk to her family. See her story by visiting NKDEP’s YouTube Channel as well as other testimonials.

Learn more and share the knowledge
Have an upcoming community event, health fair, or other gathering? Share NKDEP educational materials with your group. Visit the NKDEP web site to order FREE materials or call 1-866-4-KIDNEY.

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