Infographic: Kidney disease: A silent killer affecting African-Americans
Please note: The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is committed to ensuring that every person receives health care that is fair, equitable and of the highest quality. The estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is an estimate of how well your kidneys are working. Currently the test considers your age, sex and race, among other things. A task force led by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has made recommendations to remove Black race as a factor in the eGFR calculation. The task force received input from patients, the community and kidney disease experts, including AKF’s Medical Advisory Committee, to reduce bias in kidney function testing. AKF is reviewing the NKF-ASN recommendations and will update its outreach and educational programs ongoing as additional information and evidence evolves.
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.