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National Kidney Foundation calls kidney disease a healthcare epidemic in Louisiana

Source: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana Facebook page Source: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana Facebook page
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana says kidney disease is a healthcare epidemic in the state.

KIDNEY DISEASE PATIENTS IN LOUISIANA:

  • 460,000 suffer from chronic kidney disease
  • 10,000 on life-sustaining dialysis
  • 1,800 awaiting life-saving kidney transplant

RELATED: 'Heart Your Kidneys' during National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month. In line with upcoming events this month, the foundation is urging Louisianans to pay attention to their kidneys. Early detection is key when it comes to kidney disease. If left untreated, the disease can lead to kidney failure.

KIDNEY DISEASE RISK FACTORS:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • family history of kidney failure
  • over 60-years-old

Buildings statewide are turning orange on March 8 to commemorate World Kidney Day and increase awareness about the disease. The Louisiana Governor’s Mansion and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are two of the landmarks you will see go orange for kidney disease awareness. 



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