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Kidney disease worsens in a fourth of African-Americans despite therapy for hypertension
Date:5/5/2008

cluded in 2001 that an ACE inhibitor medication protected the kidneys better than two other classes of blood pressure drugs. During the Cohort Study, nearly 9 out of 10 participants were taking an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocking drug, and average blood pressure was 133/78 mmHg, close to national guidelines for high blood pressure in people with chronic kidney disease.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure, an increase in the number of people with diabetes, and the aging of the U.S. population means more people than ever are getting and living with kidney problems. About 13 percent of the U.S. population, up from 10 percent in 1994, now have chronic kidney disease. And in 2005, more than 485,000 people were on chronic dialysis or had a kidney transplant for kidney failure, costing Medicare, private insurers and patients $32 billion.


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