Georgia Magazine - March 2020 - 20

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ost of us know very little about our
Hispanic, Native American or Asian.
kidneys and how important they are to
Burton points to higher-than-average instances of high
our health. But we should know, espeblood pressure and diabetes in Georgia to explain the state's
cially in Georgia, where the mortality rate for kidney
mortality rate for kidney disease.
disease is 30 percent to 40 percent higher than the
"When you think about what you can do to lower the
national average.
incidence of kidney failure, you really need to go back to
There's no better time to learn about kidney
what can we do to help people better control their high blood
disease than in March, which is National Kidney
pressure and manage or prevent their diabetes," she says.
Month.
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each one about
"This disease is the ninth-leading cause of
the size of a fist, located at either side of the spine near the
death in this country. It is a disease that very often
middle of the back. When kidneys function normally, they
people do not know about until they are in kidney
accumulate urine and dispose of it through the urinary tract.
failure because it has, most often, no symptoms,"
They also filter toxins, waste and extra fluid out of the blood.
says LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the
Kidney disease kills more than 100,000 Americans each
American Kidney Fund (AKF),
year, according to the United States Renal
a national nonprofit dedicated
Data System's 2019 Annual Data Report-
to fighting kidney disease and
more than breast cancer and prostate canhelping people live healthier
cer combined. The Centers for Disease
lives.
Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta
High blood pressure and
estimates that 37 million people in the
diabetes are the most common
U.S. have chronic kidney disease (CKD),
causes of kidney damage, but
a condition characterized by permanent
other risk factors include cardamage to the kidneys that can worsen
diovascular disease; a family
over time. If the damage is severe, the kidmember with kidney disease;
neys may stop working, resulting in kidney
obesity; being age 60 or older;
Source: Centers for Disease failure or end-stage renal disease. If your
Control and Prevention kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a
and being African American,

15 percent of
adults in the U.S.

(about 37 million
people) are estimated
to have chronic

kidney disease.

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By Victoria Scharf DeCastro

AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND

March is National Kidney Month

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