[tabi] Re: health info for blind individuals

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 12:23:28 -0400


this came through to the tabi list, but it's an ordinary message with no
"install" button.

I have seen outlook prompt you to install some add-on, when it gets a
message in a character set it doesn't normally have (I got a piece of spam
once like this, and outlook prompted me to install a chinese language add-in
so it could display the message).

Perhaps that is happening to you; however, not on this message you replied



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of blindwilly
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2010 9:51 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: health info for blind individuals

Greetings chip,

I am having trouble returning the message, because the install button keeps
getting in the way.  Hope I got threw.

----- Original Message -----
From: Chip  <mailto:Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Orange
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2010 4:05 PM
Subject: [tabi] health info for blind individuals

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 added.

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.  <outbind://24/www.Kidney.org> www.Kidney.
org < <http://edhn.bottomlinesecrets.com/a/hBMY44xB74VNIB8SDfpNFNORvrJ/dhn7>
http://edhn.bottomlinesecrets.com/a/hBMY44xB74VNIB8SDfpNFNORvrJ/dhn7> .

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