Kidney disease and 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.
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.