Creating Community Awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease

DARRELL: I did all
the wrong things. You know, I
ate too much. Ate the
wrong foods. When it really
came down on me it was already
over the point. I mean I had to
go directly in and what they had
to do is remove both of my
kidneys. Then I was on dialysis for
seven… six years. And throughout
that six years I kept waiting and
kept waiting… ESTEBAN: Chronic kidney
disease is damage to the kidneys oftentimes
secondary to things like diabetes and high
blood pressure or hypertension Texas has some of
The highest rates of diabetes and
hypertension and Latinos and
African-Americans over-index, meaning they
have some of the highest rates as
a population Blue Cross and
Blue Shield of Texas is committing
to getting the word out to
all Texans Panel Host: So Welcome
our panelists LAUREN: I was just
in a session where we talked about
chronic kidney disease and it has a great
deal of impact on the African-
American community. COURTNEY: I would encourage
them to know that you can improve your life
and that’s going to happen through
the partnership between your support
system and the medical system. RUSSELL: And it’s
very important that you ask
your doctor do I have diabetes
or do I not have diabetes
and if you do you need to
be treated appropriately and
adequately. DARRELL: Watch your body.
Exercise your body, and along with that
you don’t have to be a kidney
transplant recipient. You can over
power and exercise and do everything,
eat right and you’ll be in great
shape. When you get to my age
or longer. ESTEBAN: We’re not
asking anyone to go from size 14 to
a size eight. Just five pounds.
Five pounds can make a huge difference in
terms of your blood pressure
your cholesterol and your
diagnosis. We at Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Texas are
committed to moving the needle in public
health and combating a condition like
chronic kidney disease is the first step
that we have to take

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