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Knowing Your Kidney Number Could Save Your Life
Date:3/8/2010

The "kidney number" is a measure of kidney function and is based on the amount of a substance called creatinine in the blood. In addition, detecting the presence of a protein called albumin in the urine identifies patients with CKD.

Those at high risk include individuals with diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure) or a family history of diabetes, hypertension or CKD. African Americans and Hispanics are also at higher risk. Obesity has also been associated with a higher risk of developing kidney disease.

"The earlier kidney disease is found, the more options the patient has," says Dr. Velez. "We can limit some of the complications with medications or dietary changes. And because kidney disease is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, treating CKD early can potentially decrease cardiac complications."

Affording a routine screening brings about another troubling issue—especially in Texas.  DNA physician Dr. Roberto Collazo serves on the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force.  Created by the Texas Legislature in 2007, this task force studies CKD in

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