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HHS HealthBeat (March 26, 2014)

Kidney disease can sneak up

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Kidney disease can surprise you. People tend to not have symptoms. In fact, researcher Nilka Rios Burrows of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says even people with severe disease might not realize it.

That’s why regular checkups are needed, especially for people with diabetes or high blood pressure – which can make kidney function worse – or a family history of kidney disease.

Rios Burrows also says people can take action to reduce their risk of kidney disease. For instance:

“If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, keep the blood sugar levels and the blood pressure under control.”

This could include staying at a healthy weight and being consistently physically active.

Rios Burrows says more than 10 percent of adults have chronic kidney disease.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 26, 2014