2014 national kidney month infographic

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Published on March 6, 2014

Author: KidneyMI

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Infographic created by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan for "March is Kidney Month" 2014.

Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which your kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as healthy kidneys can. Because of this, wastes from the blood remain in the body and may cause other health problems. Facts People with an increased risk for chronic kidney disease include: >900,000 More than 900,000 Michigan adults have chronic kidney disease, and most don’t know it. Individuals with diabetes Diabetes and high blood pressure cause more than 70% of all kidney failure cases in Michigan. Individuals with high blood pressure African Americans Hispanics American Indians Asians Pacific Islanders Arab Americans >70% Over 70% of kidney failure cases caused by diabetes and/or high blood pressure could have been prevented or delayed. 1 in 3 American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease. The risk increases to 1 in 2 over the course of a lifetime. Older individuals Individuals with a family history of kidney failure Living with CKD ABOUT YOUR KIDNEY FUNCTION By using a simple blood test, your doctor can determine your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Your GFR tells your doctor about your level of kidney function. Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. By making healthy lifestyle choices and taking prescribed medicine, you can slow the progression of CKD. Once your kidneys fail, you either have to have regular dialysis, in which a machine filters your blood like healthy kidneys would, or have a kidney transplant. There are about 2,600 people waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant in Michigan. Every day 14 people die waiting for a kidney. Sources: National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet, Gift of Life Michigan. www.nkfm.org

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