This post is a bit late for me, but I want to bring to your attention that this month is Kidney Disease Awareness. Information taken from Davita Dialysis website:
Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. It effects 1 in every 7 adults in the United States. There are minimal to no signs of kidney disease, which, unfortunately, makes it sometimes impossible for individuals to be aware that he or she is experiencing an issue until it reaches later stages. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, or even cardiovascular disease pose a higher risk of developing the disease. While the disease doesn’t discriminate, African Americans are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with Kidney failure than any other ethnic group.
If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., it is important that you consult with you physician and have a kidney screening. For more information on raising awareness for kidney disease, please visit DaVita.com/KidneyAware .