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National Kidney Month: DaVita Encourages Those At Risk For Kidney Disease To Make New Resolution









DENVER, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, is encouraging people who are at risk for kidney disease to make a new resolution to learn and understand their risk during National Kidney Month.

Are you at risk for kidney disease? Take a short quiz to find out at DaVita.com/LearnYourRisk.

One in 10 adults age 20 or older in the U.S. has kidney disease, but many people don't know they have it or that they are even at risk because the disease is often symptomless. Kidney disease is one of the few chronic illnesses that can be slowed down or in some cases even prevented when caught early enough.

Take a short quiz to learn your risk for kidney disease at DaVita.com/LearnYourRisk.

People at risk for kidney disease include those with diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as older adults, Hispanics, African-Americans and American Indians. Other risk factors for kidney disease include cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, lupus and a family history of the disease.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in three people with diabetes has kidney disease.
  • One in five people with high blood pressure has kidney disease.
  • African-Americans are about three and a half times more likely to develop kidney failure than whites.
  • Hispanics are one and a half times more likely to develop kidney failure than non-Hispanics.

The first step in managing kidney disease is to know the risk factors. For those at increased risk, a simple blood test from a doctor can confirm the disease.

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