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National Kidney Month

WKD logo 2014More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), but many don’t realize it because people often do not have symptoms early in the disease. This March, during National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is urging Americans to learn more about CKD. Those who are at risk should get screened regularly, since early intervention may slow the progression of the disease. 

FMCNA Commitment

Fresenius Medical Care is committed to raising awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD). This video is an example of a past National Kidney Month event that featured Food Network star Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., who partners with FMCNA to develop dialysis-friendly recipes. Chef McCargo presented a cooking demonstration at an American Diabetes Association event in Atlanta, followed by a visit to a local dialysis clinic to meet with patients.

Did You Know?

Ten Surprising Facts Everyone Should Know About Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a loss of kidney function that can take place over a period of months or years, and often goes undiagnosed in its early states when it may still be treated by medication, exercise and diet changes. Once the disease progresses to kidney failure, the only options for survival are dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.

It’s important to find out early if you have CKD because there are often interventions that may slow its progression. Especially if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you need to understand your risks and get regular screenings.

Top 10 List: What You Need To Know About Kidney Disease

1. About 13 percent of U.S. adults have CKD.

2. The leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure, which cause an estimated 44 percent and 28 percent, respectively, of new U.S. kidney failure cases. Diabetes rates are rising in large part due to increasing obesity rates.

3. Most people are born with two kidneys, but you only need one functioning kidney to live a full, healthy life.

4. CKD progresses in stages and, if untreated, can lead to complete loss of kidney function. At CKD stage five, when both kidneys fail completely, the only options for survival are dialysis or a kidney transplant.

5. The progression of CKD can often be slowed, but many people do not have symptoms early in the disease. Symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, diminished appetite and weight loss occur late in the course of CKD.

6. CKD affects people of all ages. However, those 60 and over are the most likely to develop CKD.

7. Certain ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely than Caucasians to develop CKD.

8. About 430,000 Americans with kidney failure rely on regular blood-filtering dialysis treatments to survive.

9. Although most patients receive dialysis treatments in a clinic three days a week, a growing number (nearly 40,000 U.S. patients in 2013) undergo dialysis in the comfort of their own homes.

10. More than 90,000 U.S. patients are waiting for kidney transplants, but only about 18,000 of those will get a kidney transplant each year.


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National Kidney Month Events

Collaboration with Renal Dietitians

During National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care is partnering with Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. to collaborate with renal dietitians across the country on food topics of interest to dialysis patients.  Topics include tips for cooking without adding salt, cooking on a budget, and making takeout meals at home.  Chef McCargo is visiting Knoxville, Tennessee; Cleveland, Ohio; and Austin and San Antonio, Texas to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease and the importance of the dialysis diet to the health of dialysis patients.

Recipe Renovation

Known for his ability to transform recipes into flavorful meals that dialysis patients and their families enjoy, Chef McCargo is providing Recipe Renovation tips, in which he shows how even a steak sandwich can be “renovated” into something delicious yet appropriate for the dialysis diet.

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bbq turkey wingsBourbon Glazed Skirt Steak Sandwich
Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. makes a healthy steak sandwich.

buffalo chicken salad cupsKidney Friendly BBQ Ribs
Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. makes dialysis-friendly ribs.


'Good Day Philadelphia at 9'
Featuring Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Dr. Michael Levine, Medical Director


Medical Expert Media Appearances

The Fred Holland Show
WTKI Radio, Huntsville, AL
Dr. Dugan Maddux

The Dean and Don Show
KMA-AM, Shenandoah, IA
Dr. Dugan Maddux

National Kidney Month Featured Recipes

bbq turkey wingsDry Rubbed Barbecue Turkey Wings
Spice up this comfort-food favorite while
keeping it healthy and hearty.

buffalo chicken salad cupsBuffalo Chicken Salad Stuffed Cucumber Cup
Here's proof that appetizers can pack big taste
 into a healthy, bite-sized servings.

Roast stuffed pork loin and rice Roast Pork Loin with Sweet and Tart Apple Stuffing
This easy-to-follow recipe combines sweet with savory
for a taste that won't disappoint!

berry peach parfaitBerry and Peach Parfait
Pretty on the outside, healthy on the inside, this parfait is
easy to prepare and serve.

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