Kidney Disease: A Health Disparity with Keith Melancon, MD
"It's a big problem in the African-American population. African-Americans are four to five more times likely to have kidney disease than Caucasians."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease. Some minority populations are at increased risk - Black Americans are 3 times more likely and Hispanics are 1 times more likely to have kidney failure compared to White Americans. Dr. J. Keith Melancon, Chief of the Transplant Institute at George Washington University Hospital discusses issues contributing to this health disparity.
In discussing the issue, Dr. Melancon stated, "It s a big problem in the African-American population. African-Americans are four to five more times likely to have kidney disease than Caucasians. ... We don t totally understand it. There s a lot of studies ongoing. However, we know that high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, diet, all these things contribute to hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease."
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