Kidney Today Blog Archive
Topic: Kidney disease prevention

Kidney disease and diabetes: Spread the word!

Kidney disease and diabetes
Author: Together 2 Goal® Campaign Staff  |  Posted:

While some people are more at risk than others for kidney disease, it’s important to know there are some things you can control. Though you can’t change your family history, race or age, you can reduce the chances of developing other conditions that can lead to kidney disease—including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease—through lifestyle changes. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living

More minority organ donors are needed

A group of African and Hispanic women
Author: Clive O. Callender, M.D.  |  Posted:

National Minority Awareness Day has since become National Minority Awareness Week, and we observe it the first week of August every year. This special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant. The number one problem in transplantation remains the shortage of organs. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living, Kidney transplant

AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill

American Kidney Fund advocates on Capitol Hill
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Last week, to kick off National Kidney Month, American Kidney Fund (AKF) patient-advocates from around the country came to Washington to educate their elected officials about the financial challenges kidney patients experience, and to urge lawmakers to put an end to discriminatory practices among some health insurers. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney disease prevention

Kidney disease and African-Americans

Kidney disease and African-Americans infograph
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Kidney disease and kidney failure affect African-Americans more than any other race or ethnicity. Nearly 1 in 3 of Americans with kidney failure is African-American. Learn more about this silent killer from our infographic. The good news: most cases of kidney disease could be prevented by controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney disease. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Infographics, Research, Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living

Research: Health literacy and health disparities in southeastern North Carolina

Doctor John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc
Author: John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc.  |  Posted:

In the United States, chronic kidney disease affects racial and ethnic minority populations including American Indians, African-Americans, and Hispanic Americans at higher rates than whites. In North Carolina, health disparities are even greater in the southeastern counties where the rates of kidney disease are among the highest in the country. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Research, Kidney disease prevention, Kidney failure

Blood pressure and ESRD—learning the connection the hard way

Dereck Lee speaking about his experience with kidney disease
Author: Dereck Lee  |  Posted:

I found out I had high blood pressure when I was in college. I knew it was serious, and I knew I needed to take medication to control it. But the prescription medication was expensive, and I couldn’t really afford it, so I stopped taking it. I guess I was in denial . . . for more than 10 years. But my life was pretty normal and most of the time I felt OK. Until 2008. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Kidney failure

Six Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure

blood pressure meter
Author: Jerry Penso, M.D., MBA  |  Posted:

A routine doctor’s appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living
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