Your World Kidney Day 2012 Q&A Questions…Answered!

( — The World Kidney Day 2012 Q&A was a HUGE success…thanks to you!

Did you know that African Americans account for 30% of all people in the United States with kidney failure? While this number is troubling, your dedication to asking the right questions, and spreading the right knowledge to your family and friends, is crucial to turning that 30% to 0%.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, would like to thank everyone at BDO for taking the time to take part in this engaging conversation about how to keep your kidneys, and your entire body, healthy.

Without further ado, here are Dr. Rodgers’ responses to all of your World Kidney Day Q&A questions:

Alex Ferguson: How often do I need to be tested for kidney disease?

If you have diabetes, you should get checked every year. If you have other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure, talk to your provider about how often you should be tested.

Angela Lester: Does alcohol affect kidney function?