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Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease means that the kidneys aren’t removing waste and excess water from the blood as efficiently as they should. The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Although kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, which can require dialysis or a kidney transplant, losing weight, exercising, taking medication, and changing your diet can often slow down or halt kidney damage. Nearly 20 million people in the U.S. have chronic kidney disease.

Kidney Disease News

  • Kidney Disease More Severe in Blacks Than Others: Study

    THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) — Chronic kidney disease progresses faster in blacks than in other racial/ethnic groups in the United States, new research finds. The study also said that screening of blacks with chronic kidney disease is cost-effective and can help improve their care. The rate of chronic kidney disease among blacks is similar to that [...][...]

  • Reduced Kidney Function Tied to Mental Decline

    MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — Decreased kidney function leads to declines in thinking and memory, a new study says. Researchers looked at changes in kidney function and mental skills for five years in nearly 600 people. The greater the decrease in a person’s kidney function during that time, the greater their decline in overall intellectual [...][...]

  • Eating More Fruits, Veggies May Help Kidney Patients

    FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) — Some people with kidney disease can improve their health by adding fruits and vegetables to their diet, a new study indicates. A second study found that poor nutrition plays a role in the association between poverty and kidney disease, and a third study found that black kidney disease patients are [...][...]

  • Home Dialysis an Option for Some With Chronic Kidney Disease

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) — For patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, home hemodialysis offers considerable advantages over dialysis performed in a medical setting, a new study suggests. “Home hemodialysis is a viable option for stable dialysis patients,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Bessie Young, an associat [...]

  • Kidney Disease May Be as Harmful to Heart as Heart Attack: Study

    TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) — People with chronic kidney disease may have the same level of risk for coronary heart disease as people who have previously had a heart attack, a new study suggests. It has long been known that chronic kidney disease patients are at increased risk for heart attacks, but this is the [...][...]