Documentary shows stark reality of kidney disease, particularly for high-risk African Americans

dialysis Documentary shows stark reality of kidney disease, particularly for high risk African AmericansAfrican Americans are at an increased risk of kidney disease, and retired videographer Ron Minor wants people to know that lifestyle changes can literally help save lives.

Minor, who had a kidney transplant five years ago, created a documentary titled, “I Didn’t Know,” that takes a stark look at the challenges a person with kidney disease faces, from dialysis to kidney transplants, with many people dying while waiting on a kidney.

Minor draws a line between the obesity epidemic in America and high rates of related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease among African Americans – all factors that increase the risk of kidney disease. He makes a plea to viewers that early screening and diet and lifestyle changes can save lives.

Not only did Minor suffer kidney disease, his mother died of renal failure and his 38-year-old son recently started dialysis, a procedure in which a machine cleanses the blood when the kidneys can no longer provide this function. Dialysis can extend the lives of patients with kidney disease but the sad fact is that young African-Americans on dialysis are 1.5 times more likely to die than white dialysis patients. And, in general, dialysis patients are at greater risk of death than people who are not on dialysis.

Fresenius Medical Care, the largest provider of dialysis products and services in the world, is currently facing hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits alleging the company withheld information that its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were improperly labeled, causing doctors to inadvertently prescribe patients inappropriate doses of the solutions causing them to suffer cardiovascular problems, including sudden cardiac arrest.

You can watch a preview for the documentary “I Didn’t Know” on YouTube.

Source: Washington Post