Kidney facts noted
Here are some facts from the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org):
More than 50,000 Americans die of kidney disease each year.
More than 260,000 Americans have chronic kidney failure and need dialysis or a transplant.
More than 35,000 patients await transplant, and only 11,000 will get one due to the shortage of suitable donors.
The six signs of kidney disease:
More frequent urination, especially at night.
Blood in the urine.
Puffiness around eyes and swelling of hands and feet, especially in children.
Pain in the small of the back below the ribs.
High blood pressure.
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