Meaghan Norman's Kidney Series - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Chronic Kidney Disease reduces the body’s ability to filter blood, remove waste and extra water and keep beneficial electrolytes in balance. Close to 26 million American have CKD. 1 in 8 have CKD in South Carolina. The Palmetto State is ranked fifth in the nation, per capita, when it comes to the number of patients on dialysis. Type-2 Diabetes and high blood pressure are the top two leading causes of kidney failure. African-Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure than Whites. As of March 11, 2015 there are 906 people waiting for an organ in South Carolina. 770 people are waiting on a kidney.

With proper nutrition, exercise and regular doctor’s visits, you can lessen your risk of developing kidney disease. Another risk factor, besides diabetes and high blood pressure is family history.

*stats from SC DHEC and Centers for Disease Control

For more information, visit the South Carolina Kidney Foundation

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