The Killer Disease We Forgot About
Most of the emphasis in the media with regard to health and wellness is spent discussing risk reduction strategies for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. These diseases are responsible for the greatest numbers of death, increased morbidity, and health care costs in our society. No doubt there is a need for continued dialogue regarding risk reduction, but did you know that chronic kidney disease is responsible for 90,000 deaths annually in the U.S.?
Chronic kidney disease is attributed to lifestyle dynamics, genes, and race. There is a greater chance of developing kidney disease if you are black, have a positive family history, and have factors of a poor lifestyle (these include obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and advancing age).