In honor of Health Literacy Awareness Month, we're bringing you the information you need to make informed decisions about your day to day health management. Part of health literacy is knowing your risk factors and how to decrease them. What's a risk factor? A condition, situation or behavior that makes it more likely that you will develop certain chronic diseases.
Kidney Disease- what's that? Chronic Kidney is a progressive condition where eventually, the kidneys fail. So what does that mean? Kidneys failing? Your kidneys filter toxins from your blood and most importantly allows you to rid your body of waste. If your kidneys are failing, this means you become sick because your body has waste products moving through the blood. People who have the most severe stage of kidney disease- End Stage Kidney (Renal) Disease, require dialysis to survive. How common is Chronic Kidney Disease? Here are the sobering facts:
1. 1 in 3 Americans is currently at risk for developing kidney disease
2. 26 million American adults have kidney disease- and most don't know it!!
3. African-Americans are at 3.5 times higher risk, and Hispanic-Americans are at 1.5 times higher risk for developing kidney disease as White Americans.
So what about those risk factors? How can I determine how high my risk is?