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Testing and Prevention
People of color are disproportionately affected by kidney disease compared to their White counterparts, with African-Americans at the highest risk of diagnosis. Some attribute this to differences in socio-economical conditions. Because of elevated rates of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes-- both conditions which are devastating to the renal organ-- kidney disease has reached near epidemic proportions. It is imperative to get tested frequently for kidney disease as, oftentimes, symptoms don’t become apparent until conditions have considerably worsened. When symptoms do occur, patients commonly suffer from nausea and vomiting, fatigue, changes in urine, hypertension, troubled sleeping, chest pains and shortness of breath. Those with family histories of the disease should also take caution. The National Kidney Foundation advocates cutting risks for the disease by following a healthy lifestyle with adequate nutrition and exercise.
Bogey For A Good Cause
Did you know that since 1987, athletes around the country have been golfing for a cure for kidney disease? Every January, the National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic raises awareness and money towards kidney disease research, nearly $4 million annually. Golfers of all skill levels can team up to compete in local events around the country, and the highest ranked are invited to compete at golfers’ nirvana, Pebble Beach Resorts. The event is a huge draw for past and present athletes and celebrities, including football giants Reed Doughty, Will Montgomery and Ricky Ervins.
Lend A Hand
Looking for ways to help the National Kidney Foundation with more than just a monetary donation? The NKF is also deeply appreciative of donations of clothes, vehicles, even recyclables to help towards the prevention and eventual cure for kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii accepts donations of household goods to be sold at thrift stores where 100% of the proceeds go towards disease research, education, screenings, organ donation initiatives and funds medical assistance for families affected. Tax-deductible donations of cars and boats in good condition are also welcome.