Health Watch: Diet can help delay, prevent kidney failure
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Chronic kidney disease affects one in 10 Americans age 20 or older, according to the CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Managing the disease through diet and other lifestyle changes can help people delay or even prevent the most serious consequence of kidney disease: kidney failure. Yet because the disease is often without symptoms, you or a loved one may be at risk and not even know it.
People at risk for kidney disease include those with diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as older adults, Hispanics, African-Americans and American Indians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other risk factors for kidney disease include cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, lupus and a family history of the disease.
If people with kidney disease manage their diet, they may delay or even prevent kidney failure. One of the ways to manage this diet is through an online diet tool.
They can be used to customize meal plans for those with diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. They can also be used to support a kidney-friendly diet for loved ones not currently on dialysis.
Number to Know
430,000: Currently, more than 430,000 Americans are on dialysis, according to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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