KidneySmart.org, for anyone with questions about chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The website offers educational information for individuals affected by CKD at no cost and is recommended for potential patients, caregivers, or anyone looking to learn more about the disease and its risk factors.
Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure, followed by high blood pressure. Individuals with cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and those over age 60 or with family history of the disease are also at risk. Other high-risk groups for kidney disease include African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.
“Our goal is to de-mystify kidney disease,” explained Ben Harber, senior director of clinical operations for DaVita VillageHealth. “That’s why DaVita designed a website that answers the questions most patients ask when they are diagnosed with kidney disease.”