National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Inc.
215 West Illinois, Suite 1C
Facts and Statistics
Untreated high blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney failure
One organ donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 25 people
An average of 17 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant
Your kidneys may be small (about the size of your fist), but they perform many vital functions that help maintain your overall health, including filtering waste and excess fluids from your blood. Serious kidney disease may lead to complete kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant to say alive.
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Then Frank remembered some information he learned at a program presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois called �Living With Transplantation�. Amelia Bartholomew, MD had talked about new drug therapies in transplantation. Empowered with this knowledge, Frank decided to ask his physician about this innovative treatment and a change to his medication regimen. After a thorough review of his case with his physician it was agreed that this was a good option for Frank. Now, six months later, his kidney function has returned to normal and there are no signs of it rejecting. Frank gives a great deal of credit to the NKFI providing him with the information needed to make an educated decision involving his health.
Richard is the owner of a wholesale grocery business in Chicago. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois hosted a kidney and diabetes screening there because of their demographic � mostly Hispanic employees (Hispanics are 2-3 times more likely to develop kidney disease than Caucasians). During the screening, staff asked Richard to participate. He was reluctant to at first because of his busy schedule, but eventually did. He agreed to be tested and discovered that he has diabetes.
Since the screening, Richard has seen both his physician and a diabetes educator to learn how to manage his disease. Being screened by the NKFI changed, and perhaps even extended, Richard�s life.
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