March is National Kidney Month. In Illinois, 1 in 9 residents are battling kidney disease. Kidney failure is the ninth-leading cause of death in Illinois and nationally. The highest-risk communities for kidney disease are African-Americans and Latinos, which make up 28 percent of the states total population and nearly 65 percent of Chicagos population. The leading causes of kidney disease are unmanaged diabetes and hypertension.
NKFIs statewide prevention campaign has visited more than100 communities across Illinois conducting free community screenings. During visits, NKFIs prevention team has screened more than 4,100 people and found that 79 percent of participants tested in the abnormal range for one or more tests.
NKFI and subject matter experts on kidney disease are available to discuss prevention, access to programs and education.
Dr. Charles Sweeney, nephrologists and member of NKFIs Medical Advisory Board. Phone: 815-968-2400; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Willa Lang, NKFI CEO. Phone: 312-321-1500, e-mail email@example.com
Kidney disease trends
Kidney failure is increasing by 8-10 percent annually (for a total of $20 billion to national health budget). If trends continue, we will be overcome by a public health crisis of chronic kidney disease far beyond our dialysis capacity, and even further beyond the state and federal governments ability to pay.
For more information about the KidneyMobile and to view images and the current schedule, visit www.kidneymobile.org.
from the March 21-28, 2007, issue