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HHS HealthBeat (March 21, 2014)

Pro-level kidney disease

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

People with high blood pressure or diabetes have a higher risk of kidney disease, but that doesn’t mean others can’t have it, too.  NBA star Sean Elliott recalls what happened to him after a playoff:

“I just had trouble every day getting out of bed. I was extremely lethargic. I lost my appetite, and I started to notice every morning that my hands and feet, and especially my face, were particularly swollen.”

Elliott went to a doctor and got tested and diagnosed. Usually, early kidney disease does not have symptoms, so it’s good to know who is at risk, to prevent kidney disease or treat it in its early stage. In addition to high blood pressure and diabetes, people with heart disease or a family history of kidney failure are in this group.   

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

Last revised: March 21, 2014