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Kidney Care Partners Raises Alarm on Racial Disparities in Kidney Disease; Joins With National Minority Quality Forum to Educate Public, Congress During National Kidney Month
Date:3/3/2009

. "It is this kind of information that can have far-reaching effects on improving the delivery of optimal care to diverse populations."

In the United States alone, 26 million Americans suffer from kidney disease and the rising rates of widespread kidney disease risk factors - such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure - are driving those numbers higher. And CKD, when left untreated will progress to End State Renal Failure (ESRD), commonly known as kidney failure. ESRD is an irreversible condition which is fatal without a kidney transplant or lifesaving dialysis treatments.

The most at-risk groups for developing kidney failure include African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, seniors (those 65 and older), and anyone with a family history of CKD. While African Americans make up just 12 percent of the general population, they account for 30 percent of people with kidney failure.

According to data released by the Forum, Chicago neighborhoods in the 60620 zip code lead the nation in new cases of kidney failure. Neighborhoods outside Los Angeles and in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Jacksonville, Baltimore, Detroit, New York City and in Los Angeles follow closely behind as disease "hot-spots" according to a top-twenty breakdown of newly diagnosed ESRD cases in zip-codes nationwide.

"Currently, more than 400,000 Americans suffer from ESRD and that number is expected to double in the next decade," said Kent Thiry, Chairman of KCP. "The most effective ways to prevent the onset of kidney failure are earlier detection and better disease management initiatives."

Last year, Congress approved with the strong support of the kidney community, the "Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act," (MIPPA) which includes provisions critical to improving care for patients with kidney disease and kidney failure, including the creation of patient education progr
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