Number Eight Leading Cause of Death for Men in Alabama
Alabama has one of the highest rates of kidney disease (Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Nephrosis) in the United States, having a rate of twice the national average. Some 400,000 Alabamians have chronic kidney disease. Roughly 65% to 75% of all chronic kidney disease cases are linked to diabetes or hypertension.
Nephritis is the inflammation of one or both kidneys, which can alter the kidney’s ability to properly filter the blood and the body of unwanted chemicals and excess fluids. Symptoms include dark urine and swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, and hands.