Study: Younger Blacks With End-Of-Stage Kidney Disease More Likely To Die

    (BlackDoctor.org) — Despite 30 recent studies that concluded that African-Americans under 50 fare well on kidney dialysis, findings from a recent study conducted at Johns Hopkins University say otherwise.

    According to the Associated Press, the team reviewed data from over 1.3 million patients with end-stage kidney disease and found a surprising trend: African-Americans aged 18 to 30 were twice as likely to die as their white counterparts, while African-Americans aged 31 to 40 had a 1.5 times higher chance.

    “As a medical community, we have been advising young Black patients of treatment options for kidney failure based on the notion that they do better on dialysis than their white counterparts,” said the study’s lead author, Dorry Segev. “This new study shows that, actually, young blacks have a substantially higher risk of dying on dialysis, and we should instead be counseling them based on this surprising new evidence.”

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