How Your Heritage is Linked to Kidney Disease


The reason is not entirely understood, but medical research has shown people of African American and Hispanic descent are at a greater risk for conditions that frequently lead to chronic kidney disease.

Fortunately, people who are aware of their higher risk for kidney disease can get tested with simple blood and urine tests. Early detection can slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Furthermore, you can be on the lookout for and monitor  conditions that increase the likelihood of kidney disease, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Not everyone with increased risk factors will develop  kidney disease, even if they have one or more of those conditions. And some people whose risk is lower may still develop this disease. For this reason, living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, regardless of their particular risk factors.

People who do develop chronic kidney disease have several good dialysis treatment options that can contribute to  a longer, healthier, and happier life. Learn more about your options on Satellite Healthcare’s website.