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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana March 2018 Issue

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine March 2018

SWLA Health Center

SWLA Health Center Kidney Disease and African Americans Due to high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, Blacks and African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure. Blacks and African Americans need to be aware of these risk factors and visit their doctor or clinic regularly to check their blood sugar, blood pressure, urine protein and kidney function. By Shatonia McCarty, MS, RD, LDN Owner: Nutritional & Health Services Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged or cannot filter blood as well as healthy kidneys. Because of this, excess fluids and waste from the blood remain in the body which can lead to other health problems. Fifteen percent of United States adults are estimated to have CKD while 48% with severely reduced kidney function and does not receive treatment are not aware of having CKD. Adults with Diabetes and high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing CKD. Heart Disease, obesity and family history plays a factor as well. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the prevalence of CKD among adults by sex and race/ethnicity is more common in female’s (16%) verses males (13%). It is also estimated to be more common in non-Hispanic blacks (18%) than non-Hispanic whites (13%). This is because of the high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in the African American community. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation new findings with the State of Obesity 2017 report, Louisiana is ranked number eight in the nation for diabetes and fourth in nation for hypertension. Preventative measures encompass variations of tips to keep your kidney healthy to prevent CKD which could lead into End Stage Renal failure (ESRF). •• Weight loss if you are overweight/obese. •• Becoming physically active. •• Quit smoking. •• Limit alcohol consumption •• Making sure blood pressure is in normal range as well as cholesterol levels. •• Keeping your diabetes in control. Making sure blood sugar levels are in range and get tested yearly. •• When receiving a physical exam, make sure kidneys are checked as well. •• Eating a well-balanced diet, choosing whole grains, half your plate should be fruits and vegetables, one-fourth of your plate proteins and three cups of dairy. •• Cut back on salt, choosing foods low in fat and sugar. •• Reading and understanding the food label. •• Watch out for herbal supplements. Not all herbal supplements are safe. To keep your kidneys healthy, it is important to follow these preventative measures to avoid developing CKD which could lead into End Stage Renal Failure. References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov. Accessed February 27, 2018. The State of Obesity. www. stateofobesity.org. Accessed February 27, 2018. 12 March 2018 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 8

Welcomes Dr. Danielle Dixon Pediatrician Dr. Candace Douglas Obstetrics and Gynecology SERVICES Adult Medicine ● Pediatrics Dental (children & adults) Dr. Farron Hunt Family Medicine Obstetrics ● Gynecology ● Pap Smears Family Planning: Pregnancy Testing ● Birth Control, STDs Podiatry ● Behavioral Health ● Pharmacy ● KidMed ● Laboratory Services ● Nutrition WIC ● Insurance Application Assistance ● Case Management ● Fitness www.swlahealth.org 2000 Opelousas Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 337-439-9983 “Caring for the Community, because at the Center is You!” Volume 5 • Number 8 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM March 2018 13

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