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Blacks at greater risk for diabetes

As African-American families across the country plan their reunions this summer, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, is encouraging them to talk about several health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans – diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease... As African-American families across the country plan their reunions this summer, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, is encouraging them to talk about several health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans – diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

To help families talk about kidney disease, the NKDEP has created a free Kidney Connection Guide containing fact sheets about diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. The guide outlines three approaches to promote discussion among family members: presenting a 15-minute Make the Kidney Connection health overview, conducting one-on-one discussions with family members at risk, and distributing kidney disease information to attendees.

The goal of the NKDEP is to make the connection between kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, and to encourage those at risk to get tested.

For more information and to download a free copy of the NKDEP Kidney Connection Guide, visit www.nkdep.nih.gov/familyreunion.

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