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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Polycystic Kidney Disease

September 14, 2016

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder passed down from parent to child that has the potential of causing devastating health problems. The National Kidney Foundation states that PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, projecting that about 600,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with it.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Polycystic Kidney Disease.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders

September 7, 2016

Congenital Kidney Disorders are caused by genetic mutations in a person’s DNA. This can be passed down from parent to child or it can occur spontaneously. These type of genetic mutations can be life-threatening because of the damage they inflict on kidneys.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next month for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing a common cause of kidney disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Glomerulonephritis

August 31, 2016

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that can lead to total kidney failure if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The percentage of our population that has been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease has “more than doubled between 2000 and 2008” in peoples aged 65 and older. (1)


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Glomerulonephritis.

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Disorders That Cause Kidney Disease: High Blood Pressure

August 24, 2016

“High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.” (1)

We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorders: High Blood Pressure.

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Disorders That Can Cause Kidney Disease: Diabetes

August 17, 2016

“It has been estimated that more than 20 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD,)” with Diabetes being one of the leading causes. (1)
 
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Knowing Your Liver: Liver Cancer

August 10, 2016

Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the formal name used in referring to types of liver cancer, is most often caused by chronic damage to the liver over time by another type of liver disease. (1) It is estimated that in this year alone over 27,000 men and women will be diagnosed with liver cancer in the United States. Of this number, more than half are not expected to live past the first year. (2)

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

August 3, 2016

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, also referred to as PSC, is a disease that causes inflammation of bile ducts in the liver. As the inflammation remains, scar tissue begins to develop and blocks the bile ducts over time, prohibiting bile from traveling into the intestine for its role in digestion and eventually causes a buildup of bile in the liver. The scar tissue that develops as a result of the inflammation of PSC and the excess of bile is extremely dangerous to the life of a person’s liver, and can even be deadly. (1)

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Biliary Cholangitis

July 27, 2016

Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC,) formerly referred to as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic disease of the liver. What is unique about this disease is the inflammation of the bile ducts that slowly kills liver cells and leads to cirrhosis of the liver. (1) The American Liver Foundation states that “women account for about 90 percent of PBC cases. It is most commonly diagnosed in patients between the age of 35 and 60.” (1)

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Knowing Your Liver: Hemochromatosis

July 20, 2016

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs and stores too much iron. “The extra iron builds up in several organs, especially the liver, and can cause serious damage.” (1) According to the National Institute of Health, “This disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States.”

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Knowing Your Liver: Gilbert Syndrome

July 13, 2016

One of the many functions of the liver is breaking down an orange-yellow pigment known as Bilirubin. Bilirubin is a “waste product primarily produced by the normal breakdown of ‘heme’” from hemoglobin in all red blood cells. (1) When bilirubin is not properly disposed of it causes a buildup in the bloodstream which can lead to jaundice. According to the American Liver Foundation, gilbert syndrome affects “three to seven percent of people in the United States” and “ is more common in men than women.” (3)

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