Kidney Facts - Baltimore Sun • More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and most don't know it. • Half of Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime. • Currently, one in eight Marylanders has kidney disease, and thousands remain at risk. • 96,000 people nationally are lined up for kidney transplants fewer while 17,000 receive one each year and about 4,500 die waiting • One in three Americans over age 20 – 73 million people – are at risk for kidney disease. •10-12 Marylanders die daily awaiting a life-saving organ. • Approximately 2,065 Marylanders await a kidney for transplantation. • Nationally, nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month. • Over 60 percent of dialysis patients in Maryland are African American. • 151 of the 550 people screened last year by NKF-MD demonstrated significant results. • Diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure are the leading risk factors for kidney failure. Disease prevention • Kidney disease can be detected early through simple screening. • Knowing your numbers for blood pressure, sugar (blood glucose) and creatinine. Foundation facts • The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland is the area's only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases. • The organization improves the health and well-being of patients and families affected by these diseases, and increases the availability of organs for transplant. • It also funds medical research, conducts public education, provides free health screenings and offers emergency financial assistance to low-income dialysis and transplant patients
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