You May Be at Risk for Kidney Disease And Don’t Know It – Interview
National Kidney Day and Month helps to bring awareness to kidney disease along with the importance of preventive interventions to avert the onset and progression of the disease.
Since this time last year, the U.S. government called the nation’s attention on kidney health by signing an executive order focused on chronic kidney disease (CKD), namely home dialysis and transplant.
Kidney disease is more prevalent in the U.S. than you may think.
1 in 3 Americans are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, and approximately 90% of those with kidney disease don’t even know they have it.
It causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer.2
CKD is also more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians.3
Many experts believe these groups may have an inherited tendency to develop these diseases.4
Common risk factors, such as inherited tendency, diabetes or being overweight, may lead to kidney disease.5
Staying at a normal weight and getting enough exercise is very important for these groups to help prevent diabetes and high blood pressure.6
CKD causes damage to your kidneys and decreases their ability to keep you healthy.7 If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood.8
Most people do not have symptoms until CKD is advanced. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage.9 Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease.10
Early detection is critical to address CKD
Screening can include a simple test to assess your kidney’s function or to measure for protein in your urine.
Join me in a recent interview with Bridgette Chandler, a home therapy nurse, who is helping educate audiences about the importance of CKD awareness, especially early detection.
Bridgette provides a unique perspective on CKD, as she was a patient herself prior to her kidney transplant. Bridgette transitioned from in-clinic to home dialysis and now is a home therapy nurse treating others living with CKD. Bridgette will discuss prevention efforts and available treatment options for those living with CKD, including home dialysis and transplant.
View the entire interview here:
For more information, go to: freseniuskidneycare.com
Bridgette Chandler is a home therapy nurse at Fresenius Kidney Care. Diagnosed with kidney failure at 25, she used home dialysis to manage her disease until she received her kidney transplant. Inspired by the care her nurse showed her, Bridgette studied to become a home therapy nurse for others in similar situations.
She currently resides in Ohio with her husband and two kids.
Interview courtesy: Fresenius Medical Care North America