HONOLULU (HI Now) - In honor of National Kidney Month, HI Now is joined by Brad Marder, M.D., medical director at Horizon Therapeutics, and Dawn Pasikala, R.N., from the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii to talk about the connection between gout and chronic kidney disease (CKD), as well as the 2023 Hawaii Kidney Walk happening on March 25 at Kapiolani Regional Park.
The 2023 Hawaii Kidney Walk is one of many Kidney Walks happening across the country as the signature fundraising event for the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney Walks are held in nearly 70 communities with the goal of raising money, empowering the kidney community, and amplifying awareness of diseases that impact the kidneys, like gout.
Gout is a serious disease caused by too much uric acid in the blood, impacting more than nine million people nationwide. In a recent study, native Hawaiian adults had the highest risk of developing gout, nearly double the risk, relative to white adults who participated in the study.
While not commonly understood to be a disease of the kidneys, gout can lead to the development of CKD, and CKD can lead to gout. In fact, one in four people living with moderate-to-severe CKD has gout. If not controlled early on, uric acid and gout can become out of control and lead to serious health consequences. This includes the worsening of CKD and urate crystals depositing in the kidneys.
Join Horizon Therapeutics, NKF Hawaii, and the broader community to elevate the importance of kidney health this month and beyond.
For more information, visit GoutRevealed.com and www.KidneyWalk.org/Hawaii.
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