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@fiesty76

I agree completely, Ginger, with all you said about this wonderful Mayo Connect source as well as some other good kidney sites. My point was that most members of kidney support groups are themselves patients or family caregivers of patients who have spent the time searching to find more answers and information kidney issues.

I just wish there were more articles published for the general public to read. Those not yet diagnosed but who could greatly benefit from what most of us are learning to deal with the hard way after diagnosis. Had absolutely no intent to downplay what these wonderful, trusted support and information sites provide.

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@feisty76 I know you were not downplaying any source of information. One thing I have heard time and again, from kidney patients and in my experience, kidney disorders kinda "sneak up" on a person, quietly and slowly. Unless there is a traumatic organ shutdown due to a sudden onset, we go for years with declining kidney function, not realizing what is going on as our kidneys struggle to keep up their end of the bargain to keep this miracle we call our body, going. The two leading causes of kidney issues are high blood pressure and diabetes, but we rarely hear a doctor tell us that, do we? My husband's kidney issues were due to high blood pressure. He tells me if he had been told/educated, he would have started long ago to take care of himself. My own kidney issue is due to a rare autoimmune disease. Guess we gotta take up the oar and start spreading the word!
Ginger

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