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Chronic kidney disease rises while most people with the condition remain unaware
Date:11/9/2007

Awareness of chronic kidney disease is up, but most people who have the condition still dont know it. Between 1999 and 2004, survey participants were asked if they had been told they had weak or failing kidneys. The authors report that only 11.6 percent of men and 5.5 percent of women with moderate (stage 3) kidney disease knew it. Awareness increased to 22.8 percent among participants with stage 3 disease and albumin in the urine. Awareness was highest among people with severe (stage 4) kidney disease, only 42 percent of whom knew they had the condition. Stage 5 is kidney failure.

Kidney disease is often silent until late stages, but if we can find it early we can do a lot to prevent kidney failure, explained Andrew S. Narva, M.D., F.A.C.P., a kidney specialist at the NIH. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney problems you are at risk and should be screened for kidney damage with routine blood and urine tests.

To help protect the kidneys small blood vessels, carefully control high blood pressure, and blood sugar if youre diabetic, and ask your doctor if you should take an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker, advised Narva, also director of the NIHs National Kidney Disease Education Program.


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Contact: Mary Harris
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301-496-3583
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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