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American Kidney Fund Warns of Kidney Disease Risk Factors During Kidney Awareness Month
Date:3/10/2009

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease, and during National Kidney Awareness Month, the American Kidney Fund is working to ensure that individuals have the information they need to take charge of their kidney health.

Rockville, MD March 10-- Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease, and during National Kidney Awareness Month, the American Kidney Fund is working to ensure that individuals have the information they need to take charge of their kidney health.

The American Kidney Fund's website, kidneyfund.org, is providing visitors with free downloadable brochures and fact sheets relating to chronic kidney disease, a common and often preventable condition that is the nation's ninth leading cause of death. The first 500 visitors who register on kidneyfund.org during March will receive in the mail a free "Fight Kidney Disease" car ribbon magnet.

"More than 70 percent of all cases of chronic kidney disease are caused either by diabetes or by high blood pressure. Many cases of chronic kidney disease could be prevented, but too few people with diabetes and high blood pressure realize they could be at risk," said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.

"It is important for anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure to work with their doctor to develop a plan to keep these conditions under control, because doing so may help to prevent chronic kidney disease," Burton said.

Thirty-one million Americans are estimated to have chronic kidney disease, which can lead to many complicati
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