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                                                                                                                                 Dr.  Mark Stephen Thompson, D.D.S.

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                                                                                                                                 114 Campus Avenue * Raeford, NC 28376

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               The human body is like a finely tuned engine. For it to   There are currently 4.9
                                                                                                                                               Up to 10 Years
               run properly, you have to give it fuel and keep it properly   million African Americans
               lubricated. But just as an engine’s oil must be filtered to remove   over the age of 20 with
               contaminants, the body’s blood must be filtered to remove acids   diagnosed or undiagnosed                                   (910) 583-9547

               that are produced by the foods we eat.                diabetes. Diabetes can lead
                                                                     to kidney disease because
                                                                                             Moses Aboagye-Kumi, M.D.,
               The kidneys are the human body’s answer to the oil filter.
                                                                     the high amount of sugar       Nephrologist
               They filter out toxins created by food; they also regulate how
                                                                     in the blood can make the
               much water the body holds. When the kidneys do not function
                                                                     kidneys work too hard and damage the filtration part of the
               properly, your body can’t run properly.
                                                                     organ. High blood pressure causes an increase in pressure in the
               Unfortunately, it is possible to have serious problems with your   kidneys. This pressure over time can also overwork the kidney,
               kidneys and see no visible symptoms. Ninety-six percent of   causing it to fail.
               people with kidney disease don’t know they have it. That’s why
                                                                     Dr. Kumi says the best way to prevent kidney disease is to lead a
               it’s important to have your kidney function checked during a
                                                                     healthy lifestyle.
               yearly physical.

                                                                     “If you are diabetic or have high blood pressure, control
               Moses Aboagye-Kumi, M.D., a Nephrologist at Carolina
                                                                     your disease,” he said. “Avoid NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-
               Kidney Care, sees hundreds of patients with kidney disease
                                                                     inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and Aleve) if    REAL.
               each year. He says that many of his patients didn’t find out they
                                                                     you can. They can damage your kidneys. Take Tylenol for pain.”
               had kidney problems at all until they were in the Emergency
               Department and needed life-saving dialysis (a treatment that   Dr. Kumi tells his patients to avoid eating too much protein and
               cleans your blood).                                   to minimize their salt intake.

               “There are no symptoms until the disease becomes really   “We only need 2 grams of salt per day,” Dr. Kumi said. “It’s very
               advanced,” said Dr. Kumi. “Then we see swelling, nausea, weight   easy to get, so we need to be aware and check food labels to
               loss and protein in urine.”                           make sure we are not eating too much salt each day.”

               To the human eye this protein will make your urine look foamy.  If you’re in doubt about what you should eat, or what
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                                                                     medications you should take, speak with your primary care
               There is no reversing kidney disease. But if treated properly, you                                                   on car insurance today.
               can slow the disease down. If left untreated, kidneys fail and

               dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to stay alive.  Dr. Kumi stresses it is important for everyone to have a
                                                                     physician they see at least once a year.
               Anyone can develop kidney disease. But African Americans,
               diabetics and those with high blood pressure are at greater risk.  “You need a primary care physician,” he urges. “They can test
                                                                     you for diabetes and high blood pressure. They can test your
               “African Americans are predisposed to kidney disease,” said Dr.
                                                                     blood and urine for kidney problems.”
               Kumi. “We believe there is a genetic component.”

                                                                     If your body is an engine, for Dr. Kumi, the primary care              910-487-0037
               Studies show that African Americans make up 35 percent of all
                                                                     physician is the mechanic who makes sure your body keeps             6415 Brookstone Lane, Fayetteville
               U.S. patients receiving dialysis, but only 13 percent of the overall
                                                                     running like a top. Take your engine in for a tune up; make an
               U.S. population.
                                                                     appointment with your doctor today.

               Experts are looking at a gene that may make some African
               Americans at higher risk for the disease, but most look to the                                                             Saving people money on more than
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               blood pressure as the most likely cause.

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