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Dialysis is an artificial process for removing waste products and excess fluids from the body, a process that is needed when the kidneys are not functioning properly. @merck "In the world of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), the road less travelled is peritoneal dialysis. But does either road make a difference? While both hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) are widely accepted and utilized methods of renal replacement therapy (RRT), they differ in so many ways that wouldn’t we expect an outcome benefit other than lifestyle?" Read more at Official Blog of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases @ajkdonline

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What is Kidney Disease? Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. The disease is called “chronic” because the damage to your kidneys happens slowly over a long period of time. This damage can cause wastes to build up in your body. CKD can also cause other health problems The kidneys’ main job is to filter extra water and wastes out of your blood to make urine. To keep your body working properly, the kidneys balance the salts and minerals—such as calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium—that circulate in the blood. Your kidneys also make hormones that help control blood pressure, make red blood cells, and keep your bones strong.

Kidney disease often can get worse over time and may lead to kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain your health.

The sooner you know you have kidney disease, the sooner you can make changes to protect your kidneys.

FOOD DESERT MAP ... What’s is a food desert? Urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.
"many poor people live in food deserts—where they have plenty of food but none of it healthy". Second picture of Places with the most. Cases of kidneys disease . LOOK 👀 CLOSE HMMM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers a neighborhood a food desert if at least a fifth of the residents live in poverty and a third live more than a mile from a supermarket in urban areas, or more than 10 miles in rural areas, where residents are more likely to have cars.

🤔 .. Please read ⬇️⬇️⬇️ The nation's top 75 food retailers opened almost 10,300 stores in new locations from 2011 to the first quarter of 2015, 2,434 of which were grocery stores. Take away convenience stores and "dollar stores," which generally don't sell fresh fruits, vegetables or meat, and barely more than 250 of the new supermarkets were in so-called food deserts, or neighborhoods without stores that offer fresh produce and meats.

As the largest supermarket chains have been slow to build in food deserts, dollar stores have multiplied rapidly. Three chains — Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree — made up two-thirds of new stores in food deserts. And the dollar store sector is consolidating: Dollar Tree merged with Family Dollar this year, creating the largest dollar-store chain in the nation and, in the process, less competition and less incentive to diversify what these stores offer.

Viola Hill used to walk several times a week to a Schnucks supermarket a block away from her apartment in her struggling north St. Louis neighborhood, until that store shuttered last year. Now, she can get to a supermarket only once a month, when she pays a friend $10 to drive her to one several miles away. "I have to get enough food to last me a whole month," said Hill, a retiree who likes to cook chicken and green beans. "It hurt us really badly when they closed because we depended on the Schnucks for medication and my food there. It was a lot of people hurt, not just me."

Did you know? The lack of access to healthy foods contributes to health problems, such as obesity and diabetes

Mr. Jock Riggins likes to cook and tries as often as he can to make his favorite meal of cube steak with bell peppers, rice and gravy. But getting to the supermarket nearest to his home in Eatonville, Florida, north of Orlando, requires pedaling his rusted bicycle down a clogged, six-lane road with narrow shoulders, and balancing bags of groceries in each hand on the way back. "If I don't have my vegetables for my food I substitute with sandwiches," said Riggins, 51, who gets by working odd jobs. "If there was a supermarket closer, I wouldn't have to go way out on Lee Road. It would be better."

There is no random coincidence that we have seen the influx of kidney dialysis clinics and treatment centers popping up in “the hood”. Dialysis centers know they have built in customers because when you don’t have access to fresh food you’re going to settle for unhealthy food. Which will lead to a myriad of health issue one being diabetes.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes stores that open in food deserts need to be attuned to the particulars of their communities to succeed.

You have to cater to the people who live there. You have to know who they are," Vilsack said during a recent visit to Orlando.

You don’t say?

So I finally got the letter in the mail stating that my Medicare is ending March 31st. I knew this was going to happen. Medicare only covers you for 36 months(3 years) after you have a kidney transplant.

Since 1973, end-stage renal disease has been the only condition specifically covered by Medicare regardless of age. In 1988, coverage was extended for 12 months to anti-rejection drugs, which had recently been developed. Congress gradually lengthened the cutoff to 36 months, and then in 2000 made the benefit unlimited for those who are at least 65 or disabled. The rationale for leaving out younger transplant recipients was simply that the money was not there, Congressional aides said.

Bills have been introduced in Congress since 2000 to lift the 36-month limit and extend coverage of immunosuppressant drugs indefinitely. They have never made it to a vote, largely because of the projected upfront cost; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that unlimited coverage would add $100 million a year to the $23 billion Medicare kidney program.
It costs more to be on dialysis than to have a kidney transplant. In 2009, a report from the United States Renal Data System found that Medicare spends an average of $17,000 a year on care for kidney transplant recipients, most of it for anti-rejection drugs. That compares with $71,000 a year for dialysis patients and $106,000 for a transplant (including the first year of monitoring). So now I must find health insurance that will accept me and that will cover my medication. I cannot go without this medication. This just isn't a Tylenol that you don't take in hopes that your headache will go away on its own. This is literal life saving medication.
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@Regranned from @thesavvydietitian - ONION - the forgotten veg ?🤷🏻‍♀️
Did you know 1/2 a medium onion (white/brown/red) counts towards your 5 serves of veg 🥦🥕🍅per day? 💁🏻‍♀️
Do you forget about onion when counting your serves?
I must admit I definitely do and I add onion to basically every thing 🙈 (thank goodness it’s a FODMAP I can tolerate)
.I do as well ./
Do you ?.

via @assoc.diabetes
The Staggering Costs of Diabetes

Growing Epidemic

Diabetes affects 30 million children and adults in the U.S.
That's 1 in 11 Americans.
84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 90% of them didn't know they have it.

Every 21 seconds someone in the U.S is diagnosed with diabetes.

Human Costs

African Americans and Hispanics are over 50% more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

People with diabetes are at higher risk of serious health complications: stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and loss of toes, feet, or legs.
Economic Costs

The total cost of diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. is $322 billion.

The average price of insulin increased nearly 3 times between 2002 and 2013.

People with diabetes have health care costs 2.3 times greater than those without diabetes.

Learn more at diabetes.org

Also check out @nihgov #healthymoments
One-minute tips on living a healthy lifestyle featuring Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of NIDDK.


(1281) #Repost @activistvegan KIDNEY DISEASE ranks as the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. What are some foods to avoid in order to keep our kidneys healthy? Due to toxic metal contamination, NeuG5c, alpha-gal, and advanced glycation end products (AGEs), meat (including poultry and processed meat), sugar, and high-fat meals should be avoided to maintain kidney health. Overall, PLANTBASED FIBER-RICH DIETS appear to boost kidney health, protect against kidney cancer, and reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases, the top causes of kidney failure.
Staying well hydrated, consuming phytates, which are in beans, nuts, seeds, and grains, and plant-based diets also help reduce kidney stone risk. To eliminate uric acid kidney stones, drink at least ten cups of water per day and eliminate animal protein and salt. 🌱 Video clip from @lastweektonight featuring @iamjohnoliver. Link to full video youtu.be/yw_nqzVfxFQ and posted to my bio 👆🏼.
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