Sunday, October 09, 2005

Are You Kidney Aware?

(P-O-P-S) Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing problem in the United States. Some 20 million Americans with reduced kidney function are at increased risk for kidney failure and cardiovascular disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
True or False

African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans have higher rates of CKD than white Americans. If you belong to one of these high-risk groups and have any of the other risk factors for CKD, you should have your kidney function checked.
True or False

A single healthy kidney can adapt to perform the work of two kidneys.
True or False

While dialysis is one way to lengthen the life of a person with kidney failure, the average dialysis patient spends at least 15 hours a week hooked up to a dialyzer to cleanse their blood of dangerous toxins.
True or False

While the miracle of kidney transplant is 50 years old, currently more than 50,000 patients are awaiting kidney transplants in the U.S. Fewer than 20% of those waiting receive a cadaveric kidney each year.
True or False

Increasingly, family and friends of patients with failed kidneys are donating a kidney to ensure quality of life for another human being. Of the 14,000 kidney transplants performed in the U.S. in 2004, almost half were from living donors. True or False

If you are an altruistic donor with an A+ or O blood type, please contact me at to try and arrange a kidney evaluation and the possibility of your donating a kidney. Your beneficence will result in my eternal gratitude and other legal rewards.
True or False

Answers: If you chose True for every statement, you are extremely savvy about kidney problems and their solutio


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