Quotes for attribution to National Kidney Foundation - January 7, 2021
“As the acts of violence unfolded at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday, we stood witness to an attack on our democracy and the very institution entrusted to protect it. The National Kidney Foundation strongly condemns the attack on the U.S. Capitol and expresses its staunch support for our Members of Congress and their staffs who bravely continued the people’s work after being forced to flee in fear for their very lives. To all of our champions in Congress who have stood up for kidney patients, today we stand with you.”
In the United States, 37 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—and approximately 90 percent don’t know they have it. 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. is at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. People who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander are at increased risk for developing the disease. Black or African American people are almost 4 times more likely than Whites to have kidney failure. Hispanic or Latino people are 1.3 times more likely than non-Hispanics or Latinos to have kidney failure.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.