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Southern states make up the top 10 list of those hardest hit by kidney failure. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 8% of the population in each of these states also has diagnosed diabetes, the leading cause of kidney disease.
“These states have high rates of obesity and physical inactivity. Multiple chronic diseases are highly prevalent in this geographic area, also known as the ‘stroke belt.’ Yet healthy diet combined with physical activity to maintain a healthy body weight could change the levels of kidney failure,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation Chief Medical Officer.
See where your state falls on the kidney health spectrum:
Dialysis patients per million population
|1.||Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee||1537|
|2.||Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina||1497|
|5.||Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma||1371|
|6.||Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia||1336|
|7.||American Samoa, Northern California, Guam, Hawaii||1299|
|9.||New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands||1258|
|11.||Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio||1209|
|14.||Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin||1022|
|15.||Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska||983|
|16.||Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming||918|
|17.||Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont||809|
|18.||Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington||775|
During National Kidney Month in March and in honor of World Kidney Day, on March 14, the NKF offers 5 simple prevention tips, regardless of where you reside: