KIDNEY BEGINNINGS - September 2018
Study: African American patients have 5 times rate of blood pressure crises
A sudden, severe surge in blood pressure is known as a hypertensive crisis, and new research suggests that black people are far more likely to experience this potentially deadly condition.
High blood pressure "is an unnecessary scourge on African Americans. The prevalence of hypertensive crisis is five times higher in African Americans than in the general population," said study author Dr. Frederick Waldron. He is an emergency medicine physician from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.

The American Heart Association defines a hypertensive crisis as a blood pressure reading of more than 180/120 mm Hg. When blood pressure rises that high, it can cause organ damage, kidney failure, heart failure, stroke and bleeding in the brain, according to Waldron.
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Many patients show signs of chronic kidney disease before diabetes diagnosis
Many patients who will later be diagnosed with diabetes show signs of chronic kidney disease (CKD) even before their diabetes diagnosis, according to a study by researchers with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and VA MidSouth Healthcare Network.
Doctors have long known that patients with diabetes are at risk for kidney disease. But the new study shows that patients could be suffering undiagnosed kidney damage even before they are aware that they have diabetes.

Looking at data from Veterans Affairs electronic health records, the researchers found that more than 30 percent of diabetic veterans had prior CKD signs. They also found racial and regional disparities for kidney disease risk.
Cricket Health raises $24 million to help advance kidney care platform
Cricket Health has raised $24 million in investment capital to continue development of its integrated kidney care platform.

According to the release, Cricket Health provides tech-enabled integrated nephrology and dialysis care to patients with CKD and ESRD. The company works with risk-bearing payers and health systems to identify high-risk patients before kidney failure and focuses on preserving kidney function as long as possible. Cricket Health's treatment plan prioritizes slowing the progression of kidney failure, keeping patients out of the hospital, ensuring prepared transitions and supporting patients on any ESRD treatment path. This is done by combining a nephrology practice that provides remote, in-person and at-home care; a multidisciplinary care team to coordinate care and manage outcomes; state-of-the-art technology to provide patient education and 24/7 peer and clinical support; and dialysis care either at home or in redesigned centers that put patient empowerment first.
Vegetarian diets and chronic kidney disease
For more than a century, the quantitative reduction of dietary protein intake has been recognized as a therapeutic measure in chronic kidney disease (CKD). In contrast, the relationship between dietary protein sources and the risk of incident CKD and its progression has long been neglected. The purpose of the present article is to successively provide information on these two topics through recent data from the medical literature.

First, to date, there seems to be a lack of reports on the prevalence of renal disease in the vegetarian population, whereas numerous studies have shown a decrease in the risk of hypertension [ 1], type 2 diabetes [ 2] and metabolic syndrome (MetS) [ 3, 4], which are the main causes of CKD in Western countries, in vegetarian populations. Given these findings, it would seem reasonable to assume that the renal consequences of these diseases should also be less prevalent among vegetarians.
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AAKP is celebrating National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week October 14-20. Join us to learn how to thank and celebrate this important part of your dialysis care team. Hear from President-Elect of the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT), Dwelyn Williams, CCHT, as he describes the important role of the dialysis technician and the special relationship they have with their patients. AAKP Ambassador Bruce Tippets, currently on in-center hemodialysis, talks about how his dialysis technician has helped him through his dialysis journey.
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