[tabi] health info for blind individuals

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:05:10 -0400

Below is an article, which pertains to blind individuals only in that we so 
often have diabetes; it is however quite interesting, even if you don't:




Is Kidney Disease Contagious?

It may sound odd that a recent study found a connection between being married 
to a person with kidney disease and increased risk for you -- but doctors see 
the findings as entirely logical. While kidney disease isn’t itself contagious, 
a major risk factor -- lifestyle -- is. If you’re not sick yet, you may still 
be able to stop the disease in its tracks... if you act fast.

At Risk for Kidney Disease?

Researchers at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan studied 178 patients 
whose kidney disease had advanced to the point where they required dialysis. 
Since it’s widely known that several causes of kidney disease (diabetes and 
hypertension) have genetic roots, they also studied 196 of their first- and 
second-degree relatives -- parents, siblings, children, grandparents, 
grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and half-siblings, as well as a 
control group from the general population. In order to determine whether 
husbands and wives also have a higher-than-average risk, the researchers 
compared these groups to 95 men and women married to chronic kidney disease 
(CKD) patients. 

The researchers found that CKD was indeed prevalent in spouses of patients -- 
even more so than among their relatives, who shared their genetic traits. After 
compensating for age and other factors, researchers found that, compared with 
the control group, incidence of kidney disease was 2.55 times higher in 
relatives... and 2.8 times higher in spouses. These differences are 
statistically significant, meaning that having a husband or wife with kidney 
disease raises your risk more than having a relative who has it.

Who Knew?

It’s concerning that so few people are familiar with the risk factors for CKD, 
I learned from Kerry Willis, PhD, head of scientific activities at the National 
Kidney Foundation -- she called it "a dangerous state of affairs" since people 
with CKD rarely experience symptoms until it reaches the late stages. Symptoms 
can include fatigue... weakness... difficult, painful urination... foamy 
urine... pink, dark urine (blood in urine)... puffy eyes... swollen face, 
hands, abdomen, ankles, feet... increased thirst... and increased need to 
urinate (especially at night) -- but these are unlikely to arise until the 
disease is advanced. That’s when patients will likely end up with kidney 
failure and then require dialysis or a transplant to stay alive.

Dr. Willis said that all adults should assess their risk for CKD. If you have 
diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or a family history of 
these conditions or of kidney disease, she advises going a step further. Get 
tested for kidney disease using a urine test for protein and a blood test to 
estimate kidney filtration rate. "This study suggests that spouses of dialysis 
patients should get tested, too, even if they have no other risk factors," she 

And you know I’m going to stick in a reminder to follow a lifestyle that 
lessens the chance that you’ll get sick. To maintain kidney health, the 
National Kidney Foundation recommends... 

* Don’t smoke. 

* Get plenty of exercise.

* Maintain a healthy weight. 

* Follow a balanced diet.

* Drink alcohol only in moderation.

* Stay hydrated.

The bonus is that living this type of lifestyle will also reduce your risk of 
developing several other serious medical conditions, including heart disease 
and colorectal cancer. What a deal!


Kerry Willis, PhD, senior vice president for scientific activities, National 
Kidney Foundation, New York City. www.Kidney.org <outbind://24/www.Kidney.org>  
<http://edhn.bottomlinesecrets.com/a/hBMY44xB74VNIB8SDfpNFNORvrJ/dhn7> > . 

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