Sources estimate that 12 percent to 17 percent of all adults in the United States have some form of kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and accounts for 44 percent of those with kidney failure, or end-stage kidney disease. But keep in mind that not everyone with diabetes develops kidney disease that progresses to kidney failure. About 24 million Americans live with diabetes, and about 180,000 of them have kidney failure.
Shawn Fazel, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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What is the rate of incidence for diabetic kidney disease?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Is there any connection between spirituality and heart disease?
Michael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Researcher Jeff Levin, Ph.D., author of God, Faith, and Health, is recognized as one of the leading researchers in spirituality and health. As a first-year graduate student in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Levin became intrigued by two articles that found a surprising and significant connection between spirituality and heart disease, a connection that remains one of the best-researched areas of the positive effects of religious behavior on health. His curiosity led to an in-depth evaluation and pioneering research on the impact of religious practices on disease. In God, Faith, and Health, Dr. Levin notes that there are more than 50 studies in which religious practices were found to be protective against cardiovascular disease, including death due to heart attacks and strokes as well as against numerous risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In particular, Dr. Levin highlights the strong inverse correlation between strong religious commitment and blood pressure that was evident no matter what religion an individual chose to practice or his or her geographical location or ancestry.
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What is the long-term outlook for babies born with coronary heart disease?
Greenville Health System answered
Because of improvements in surgical and catheterization techniques, the majority of children who were born with coronary heart disease (CHD) are now living well into adulthood. In fact, there are more adults with congenital heart disease than there are pediatric patients -- approximately 1.3 million adults in the U.S. However, most are not receiving appropriate clinical follow-up. The lack of follow-up is related to a lack of access to care and to the fact that many patients do not know they need follow-up. Many adults with CHD believe that their CHD was “cured” by previous surgical procedures. In reality, they require lifelong follow-up for residual or new cardiac defects. Adults with CHD face many medical and social challenges, and these patients will benefit from the comprehensive, cohesive and collaborative care.
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