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World Kidney Day --- March 11

March 11 is World Kidney Day, an event intended to raise awareness of the importance of prevention and early detection of kidney disease. In the United States, kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death (1). In 2000, 26 million U.S. adults had chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of them were unaware of their condition (2,3). CDC's CKD Initiative (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/kidney.htm), which includes surveillance, screening, and cost studies, provides public health strategies for promoting kidney health.

This year, World Kidney Day focuses on diabetes, the leading cause of CKD (4). Among persons with diabetes, interventions to control blood sugar and blood pressure reduce the risk for developing kidney disease or slow its progression (4). Information regarding kidney disease prevention and control and World Kidney Day activities is available at http://www.nkdep.nih.gov and http://www.worldkidneyday.org.

References

  1. Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Murphy SL, et al. Deaths: final data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2009;57(14).
  2. Coresh J, Selvin E, Stevens LA, et al. Prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States. JAMA 2007;298:2038--47.
  3. Plantinga LC, Boulware LE, Coresh J, et al. Patient awareness of chronic kidney disease: trends and predictors. Arch Intern Med 2008;168:2268--75.
  4. American Diabetes Association. Nephropathy screening and treatment. Diabetes Care 2010;33(Suppl 1):S34--6.


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