What You Need to Know About Kidney Health

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  • Treatment Options
  • How Many Blacks Are on Dialysis
  • Why Diabetes Matters
  • Why High Blood Pressure Matters
  • Blacks, Kidney Health and Our Genes
  • Know Your Family History
  • Why Health Care Matters
  • Preventing Kidney Disease
  • Early Screening Is Key
  • March Is National Kidney Month
  • Where Are My Kidneys?
  • What Exactly Do Kidneys Do?
  • What Is Kidney Disease?
  • African-Americans and Kidney Disease
  • What is Kidney Failure?
  • Signs of Kidney Failure

Why Diabetes Matters

It’s believed that diabetes play a role in this racial health disparity. Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure and we are twice as likely to be diabetic. And diabetes impacts Blacks differently than whites—with one in 9 Black adults have diabetes. And that number is on the rise. 

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