The Silent Kidney Disease Epidemic

The Silent Kidney Disease Epidemic

More than 26 million Americans over age 20 suffer chronic kidney disease, which represents 13% of the adult population!22

Diabetes and poorly controlled blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure, meaning this epidemic is largely preventable with early detection.28 Annual blood chemistry tests and regular blood pressure checks can identify deteriorating kidney function early and enable one to initiate corrective actions. Fortunately, most Life Extension members have their blood tested to monitor kidney filtration levels and glucose control.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans do not have regular blood tests (or blood pressure checks), resulting in the silent development of end-stage renal disease. For too many victims, they don’t find out their kidneys have failed until admitted to a hospital emergency room with severe symptoms.

End-stage renal disease is the name for kidney failure so advanced that it cannot be reversed. End-stage renal disease means that kidney function is so poor that the patient cannot be kept alive without aggressive and often only partially effective treatment.

There are 336,000 Americans receiving chronic dialysis treatment right now.22 Another 136,000 Americans are surviving with a kidney transplant.22 These treatments can induce serous side effects that shorten the patient’s life span. The annual cost of dialysis alone is about $70,000, most of which is borne by Medicare (which is facing near-term insolvency).29

The National Kidney Foundation estimates that more than 67,000 Americans die of kidney failure each year,22 but this is an understated statistic. That’s because kidney failure often causes death from heart attack,30 stroke,30 or osteoporosis.31,32 Doctors signing death certificates often omit kidney disease as an underlying cause of fatal disease in their patients.33

Kidney failure is so devastating to aging individuals because it causes startlingly high levels of homocysteine31 and C-reactive protein,34 greater incidences of anemia,35,36 and a host of other complications.

The FDA is seeking to ban pyridoxamine, which has been demonstrated to significantly delay the progression of kidney disease.11-13 ????????????????????????(can you guess why? $64 question)

Pyridoxamine has been shown to slow the elevation of creatinine, a blood marker of kidney function by 68%.24 These data indicate that many of those destined to perish from kidney disease will be dying prematurely because of the FDA’s draconian actions to keep pyridoxamine away from the public.

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