World Kidney Day and National Kidney Month – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Iím Joe Balintfy. National Kidney Month is an opportunity to increase awareness about a major public health problem.
Narva: National Kidney Month is March.
Narrator: Dr. Andrew Narva is the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseasesí National Kidney Disease Education Program.
Narva: Itís really utilized as a way of focusing attention on chronic kidney disease which is often diagnosed late.
Narrator: Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 24 million adults in the U.S. and nearly one-quarter of them do not know it. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. For more information on chronic kidney disease, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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