It's Time to Think About Your Kidneys

By Newsroom America Feeds at 10 Mar 2017

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*March 10, 2017*

Its Time to Think About Your Kidneys

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Does March make you think of spring? Daylight saving time? March Madness? Or maybe all three, but probably not your kidneys.

Think again! March is also National Kidney Month https://www.kidney.org/news/monthly/Focus_KidneyMonth and March 9 is World Kidney Day http://www.worldkidneyday.org/, bringing much-needed attention to kidney disease prevention. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 10% of the global population, and here in the United States 15% of adults are estimated to have CKD.

The leading causes? Diabetes and high blood pressure. Nearly 1 in 3 adults with diabetes and 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure could have CKD.

*Find it Early, Treat it Early*

Most people who have CKD dont know they have it because there arent any signs or symptoms at first. *Talk to your doctor about getting tested* if you have any of the risk factors:

* Diabetes * High blood pressure * Heart disease * High cholesterol * Family history of CKD * Age 50 or older

Also, if youre African American, Hispanic/Latino American, or American Indian, youre at higher risk for CKD.

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For more information:

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* CDCs Division of Diabetes Translation http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home/index.html * Get Tested for Chronic Kidney Disease https://www.cdc.gov/features/worldkidneyday/index.html * Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/programs/initiatives/kidney.html * Healthy Kidneys https://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8645120 [podcast 4:14] * Vital Signs: Native Americans with Diabetes https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aian-diabetes/index.html * Chronic Kidney Disease Issue Brief http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/programs/CKDBrief.pdf * Make the Diabetes and Kidney Connection http://wwwdev.cdc.gov/diabetes/programs/initiatives/diabetes-kidney-connection.html * CDC Diabetes on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CDCDiabetes/ * @CDCDiabetes on Twitter

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