Infographic: Kidney disease: A silent killer affecting African-Americans
Please note: eGFR is an estimate of how well your kidneys are working. The way eGFR is calculated will be changing. Currently the test considers your age, sex and whether you are African American, among other things. A task force led by the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology is working on recommendations that may remove African American race as a factor in the eGFR calculation. The task force has been seeking the input of stakeholders. AKF advised the task force that eGFR equations should be an unbiased estimate of kidney function. This would make sure that every person will receive appropriate and equitable care. When the NKF-ASN task force makes its recommendations, AKF will promptly review them and then update our educational materials.
Your kidneys are important organs that keep you healthy. They clean your blood and help to control your blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep your bones healthy. When your kidneys are damaged and don’t work as they should, it is called chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD can get worse over time and lead to kidney failure, stroke, heart attack and death.