Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kidney disease is major issue in T&D Region

The Times and Democrat

The recent death of Natalie Cole and reports of her ongoing health issues including a kidney transplant in 2009 have raised questions from many across the United States who wonder if they are at risk of kidney disease, and if they too can donate a kidney to someone in need.

The answer regarding risk is an emphatic yes – and certainly so if you live in The T&D Region.

Before the 10th annual Kidney Walk in Orangeburg this past October, Regional Medical Center surgeon Dr. John Ross provided perspective, stating that per capita, Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties have the nation's highest incidence rate for kidney disease. One in four people in Orangeburg County and one in three people in Bamberg and Calhoun counties have kidney disease.

Nationwide, more than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk of developing CKD. In fact, 90 percent of those with CKD are unaware their kidneys are failing, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Continue reading
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