Kidneys

How Your Heritage is Linked to Kidney Disease

Apr 18, 2019

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While the reason is not entirely understood, medical research has shown people of African Americans and Hispanic descent are at a greater risk for conditions that frequently lead to chronic kidney disease.

Fortunately, people who are aware of their higher risk for kidney disease can get tested with simple blood and urine tests. Early detection can slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Furthermore, you can be on the lookout for conditions that increase the likelihood of kidney disease, including:

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Obesity

However, not everyone who has an increased risk will get kidney disease even if they have one or more of those conditions. And some people whose risk is lower may still develop this disease. For this reason, living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, regardless of the risk factors.

For those who do develop chronic kidney disease, there a several good dialysis treatment options that can help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Learn more about your options on our website.
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