NIH: Gene hastens kidney disease progression in African-Americans

NIH: 11/9/13

A gene variant common in African-Americans predicts that people with that gene who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are twice as likely to progress to kidney failure as African-Americans without the high-risk gene and white people with CKD. People with the high-risk gene also tend to lose kidney function at twice the rate of those without the gene, according to the research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

A patient speaks with his doctor about his kidney health. Source: National Kidney Disease Education Program

Investigators from the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study and the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK) published joint results online today in the New England Journal of Medicineat External Web Site Policy, which will appear in the Dec. 5, 2013 print issue. Read More