Kidneys matter, even though they don’t get much press.
Kidneys are just as important to sustaining a healthy body as the heart and lungs. They filter the blood, expelling wastes and toxins from the body. They also make and regulate hormones and keep blood pressure in control.
Most people with kidney disease don’t even know they have it. Neither do their doctors.
Kidney disease doesn’t present with early symptoms, so it’s not identified early. That means its risk factors can’t be proactively controlled, and why patients can lose up to 90% of their kidney function as the condition silently worsens.
(Source: worldkidneyday.org › facts › chronic-kidney-disease)
What’s more, its rapid escalation is quite alarming, especially among diverse populations.
Kidney disease is one of the most common causes of premature death worldwide. An estimated 80% of the disease burden occurs in low- or middle-income countries and in the African American population, who experiences kidney failure at 3x the rate of Caucasians.