I just recently got the follwwing email and wanted to pass it on to All'yall so here it is: "From: "NIH/NIDDK Communications"
Recent Study Reports Spike in Diabetes-Related Kidney Disease
Talk with your loved ones this summer about the importance of kidney health.
If you have noticed more people in your family and community being diagnosed with diabetes, you are not alone.
A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, and reported by Reuters wire service, [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/22/us-... ] found that kidney damage from diabetes has increased by 34% in the last 20 years—meaning nearly seven million American s have diabetes-related kidney disease.
As you may know, diabetes is one of the two leading risk factors for kidney disease. The other is high blood pressure.
The summer season is in full swing—with plenty of cookouts, community events, and family reunions on the horizon. It’s the perfect time to initiate a conversation with your loved ones about the importance of kidney health and the connection with diabetes.
NKDEP’s Family Reunion Health Guide [http://nkdep.nih.gov/resources/nkdep_fr_guide... ] can help you explain to your family that preventing and/or managing diabetes helps to protect the kidneys. The Guide offers three different approaches, including:
• A 15-minute discussion
• A one-on-one conversation
• A note to your family
Having health conversations with your loved ones can make a big difference and may help to save someone’s life. And you don’t have to be a health expert. Family Reunion Planner Lyndra Marshall from the Washington, DC area recently shared how she used the Family Reunion Health Guide to talk to her family. See her story here and visit NKDEP’s YouTube Channel to see other testimonials.
Learn more and share the knowledge.
Have an upcoming community event, health fair, or other gathering? Share NKDEP educational materials with your group. Visit the NKDEP website to order FREE materials or call 1-866-4-KIDNEY.
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I personally would not want anyone to fall into chronic kidney disease or End Stage Renal Disease like I have, and will be on dialysis quite soon. (it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here. LQTM)
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