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A new guideline just issued from the American College of Physicians (ACP) discourages routine testing for kidney disease. If you saw the headlines and were wondering how that fits with the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) recommendations, read carefully and you’ll see we’re all on the same page, at least on that point. Sometimes it’s just a matter of wording....
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By Yenny Love Kidney failure has greatly affected my life. Even writing this piece was not easy. It still hurts just thinking about everything my family has experienced in the past few years when my younger brother was diagnosed with  kidney disease. Trust me, I understand how the process can drag you down and...
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By Andrea Schmidt, transplant recipient and NKF supporter

My name is Andrea Schmidt and I am a kidney transplant recipient.

Let me introduce my story the way I do to other recipients. This is a kind of short hand that transplant recipients speak to each other. We have a way of distilling our medical history into a few lines and it follows this format: number of years post-...

Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, and food carts in an effort to tackle obesity rates in New York City. The ban would apply to all sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces. Sugary drinks are key drivers of the obesity epidemic; they are associated with long-term weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease....
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Most of the time, kidney disease has no symptoms. If symptoms are present, there may be swelling in the feet or elsewhere in the body. Advanced kidney disease may have symptoms of itching, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss but these are not specific to kidney disease. If kidney disease runs in your family, you should be tested for kidney disease with blood and urine.
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Kidney disease is often asymptomatic until in the very late stages. Kidney disease can generally be managed but not commonly cured. You have to be tested in order to know if you have kidney disease.
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I have never heard of the acronym "CCR" used for a kidney disease.
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Kidney disease can develop at any time, but those over the age of 60 are more likely than not to develop kidney disease. As people age, so do their kidneys.

According to recent estimates from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, more than 50 percent of seniors over the age of 75 are believed to have kidney disease. Kidney disease has also been found to be more prevalent in those over the age of 60 when compared to the rest of the...