YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICANS FARE POORLY ON KIDNEY DIALYSIS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Kidney dialysis is no fun for anyone, but for young African Americans, it's deadly. That's according to a study by Dorry Segev and colleagues at Johns Hopkins, who found that black patients 50 years old or younger who were on dialysis were about twice as likely to die as their white counterparts.
SEGEV: It could be one of a number of things. African Americans could suffer from a different severity of disease than their Caucasian counterparts that we cannot measure right now, such as a different genetic variation, so that it could be that African Americans and Caucasians have high blood pressure, but African Americans who are young have a more aggressive variety of that they have a genetic predisposition for, and there is some evidence coming out that might support that. The second thing is access to health care. :33
Segev says this research points to a need to educate and empower the black community to consider live kidney donation, especially for younger people with kidney failure. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.