Gayle Anderson was live in Compton to learn about the groundbreaking research at Charles R. Drew University

Reducing Chronic Kidney Disease disparities among minorities since March is National Kidney Month and

Thursday, is World Kidney Day.

According to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans

battling Chronic Kidney Disease has risen to more than 26-million. A person can lost half their kidney function and

not know it. Diabetes and hypertension are among the leading causes of Chronic Kidney Disease and premature

death in the United States.

New methods to prevent and better manage diabetes and hypertension have increased the life span of people who are living with these conditions. However, without proper diagnosis, many people won't receive the treatment they need. Researchers say they have found that social, cultural and economic barriers contribute to the incidence of diabetes and hypertension in minority communities. Access to low cost medical care and insurance is also a factor.

A major concern is that diabetes is now commonly found in young adults and children. More specifically, research has identified a trend in the increasing discovery of diabetes in Hispanic youth. Recent studies show that among American Hispanic youth, approximately 2.5 million have been diagnosed with diabetes. Hispanic Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes than U.S. non-Hispanic whites of similar age. Being overweight, combined with other factors such as poor diabetes management, may put Hispanic youth with diabetes at even greater risk for future diabetes-related complications.

March 8th is World Kidney Day. For more information, contact the National Kidney Foundation at CDU is a leading research institute that focuses on reducing health disparities on CKD. Groundbreaking research is being conducted in hypertensive and diabetic kidney disease, as well as many other areas. For more information on CDU, please

CDU is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. The university is among the top 7 percent of National Institutes of Health-funded institutions and rated one of the top 50 private universities in research in the U.S. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the "best performer" in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians. For more information, visit

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