Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and more than 224,000 people are currently living with kidney failure caused by diabetes. For more information on Kidney Disease and Diabetes facts click the links below:
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Resource
Healthy Heart Living
Heart disease is a term that includes several specific heart conditions. The most common heart disease in the US is coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to the buildup of plaque. The narrowing and buildup of plaques is called atherosclerosis. Plaques are a mixture of fatty and other substances including cholesterol and other lipids. Blood flow to the heart is reduced, which reduces oxygen to the heart muscle. This can lead to heart attack. Other heart conditions include angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias. To find out more about heart disease facts, risk factors, and prevention, check out the links below.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. Approximately 73 million American adults have high blood pressure. Since high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, it's important to have regular blood pressure check-ups. Approximately 20 percent of all Americans with high blood pressure don't know they have it.
For more information about high blood pressure, risk factors and preventions, visit the CDC's website.
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones. For more information, visit the CDC's website.
Smoking Cessation Fact Sheet
Tobacco Free Life Resources - Comprehensive Guides and Tools