Kidney Disease

The kidneys filter the human body’s blood for toxins, waste and excess fluid, controlling blood pressure and keeping the bones healthy (CDC). Most people have two kidneys, about the size of a fist, and are located on each side of the spine below the rib cage (NIH). In a single day, when functioning properly, the blood circulates through the kidneys many times a day, filtering around 150 quarts (NIH). When damaged or functioning improperly, chronic kidney disease may occur.

Additional Resources:

  • NephCure Kidney International: Rare Kidney Revolution Roundtable Findings. HEAL's own Howard Mosby participated in the event, which resulted in five specific recommendations, including how to meet the needs of communities of color.
  • Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: African American Perspectives of Testing for Genetic Susceptibility to Kidney Disease
  • Black Health Matters: Living with FSGS
  • Community Education Services
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