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CKD IN AFRICAN AMERICANS
Did you know that African Americans are at
high risk of developing CKD
African Americans are at high risk of experiencing chronic
kidney disease compared to other ethnic groups.
It has been hypothesized that racial differences combined with
other factors account for so much of the risk of CKD.
For African Americans, they are at high risk of developing CKD.
They report a high number of cases for high blood pressure and
diabetes which are the leading causes of CKD (Lea et al., 2008).
Social determinants as non-biologic contributors to
CKD among African Americans
Prevalence of CKD among African Americans
According to the National Kidney Foundation (2019) African
Americans are three times higher likely to suffer from CKD than
In a report by National Kidney Foundation (2019) African
Americans constitute over 35% of all patients in the United States
that are receiving dialysis because of kidney failure even though
it represents 13.2% of the overall U.S population.
Prevalence of high blood pressure and role of
According to Lea et al., (2008) one in every three African
Americans has high blood pressure.
For many people, they continue living with CKD or high blood
pressure without even them knowing they have a real health
To African Americans who know that they have high blood
pressure or diabetes, they may not know that they have CKD.
To many African Americans, they are shocked when they are
diagnosed with kidney failure before they can start the dialysis.
Even though it takes time for kidney disease to progress to
kidney failure, it appears as if the disease progression stage just
happened suddenly for African Americans.
Risk factors for diabetes among African
According to a report by Lea et al., (2008) diabetes is the leading
cause of CKD...