Healio Nephrology News & Issues
A Kidney Care FIRST series
October 1, 2019
As one of the costliest and physically devastating health epidemics facing our nation today, chronic kidney disease affects more than 30 million Americans, largely due to skyrocketing comorbidities like diabetes, obesity and hypertension. In addition, more than 726,000 Americans live with ESRD — a diagnosis that increases by more than 124,000 individuals every year.
Caring for these Americans — and addressing the sweeping kidney health epidemic — is a complex undertaking that requires commitment and thoughtful collaboration from a broad community of stakeholders. There are no easy answers or quick fixes. Truly making a difference for future generations means recognizing and addressing that the scope of our kidney health problem is significant and goes far beyond dialysis care.