Did You Know?

Did You Know? Dallas Nephrology Associates (DNA) is a national leader in providing complete care for patients with kidney disease, transplants, and hypertension.

CKD

  • Major risk factors for kidney disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and family history of kidney failure as well as obesity, autoimmune diseases, urinary tract infections and systemic infections.
  • Kidney disease risk can be reduced by controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, maintaining proper weight, stopping smoking and exercising regularly.
  • Every drug you put into your body passes through your kidneys. Some medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen can harm your kidneys.
  • Black Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives are at the highest risk for kidney disease and kidney failure.
  • If you have kidney disease, you should consult your doctor before taking an analgesic, particularly NSAIDs and higher dose aspirin.
  • Smoking can affect your kidneys because it interferes with some of the medicines used to treat high blood pressure and increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks in people with high blood pressure.
  • If you are overweight or obese, you have a greater chance of developing diabetes or high blood pressure, which are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure.
  • Daily exercise for at least 10-15 minutes helps to prevent many diseases including diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.
  • Identifying yourself as an organ and/or tissue donor is simple. Simply visit the Donate Life America website and choose your state of residence to join your state’s online registry for donation. You can also declare your intentions on your driver’s license.
  • The most common organ of the human body that is given by a living donor is the kidney.
  • A living donated kidney may come from a family member, good friend, spouse, in-law or even from a stranger who is in good health and has normal kidney function.

CKD/ESRD Facts in Texas

  • In the US, almost 16% or 33,000,000 people have kidney disease.
  • At the end of 2013, Texas was leading the nation with 56,587 residents receiving dialysis treatments or having had transplants.
  • Failure to identify and manage CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) can lead to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
  • End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) rates in Texas exceed the national average.

Diabetes

  • Diabetes accounts for 44% percent of new cases of kidney failure.
  • Prediabetes can damage the kidneys.
  • Protein in the urine is the earliest sign of kidney disease in those with diabetes and prediabetes.
  • Diabetes injures the small blood vessels in the kidneys.
  • Diabetes can damage the nerves in your body.
  • High triglyceride levels place you at increased risk for developing diabetes and prediabetes.

Diet/Nutrition 

  • DNA has registered and licensed dietitians on staff that specialize in kidney problems and who will work with you and your doctor to plan meals that suit you best.  Ask your physician about Medical Nutrition Therapy.
  • By making better food choices you could lighten the workload on your kidneys and help keep your body in balance.
  • Healthy kidneys control how much sodium is in your body.
  • A blood test can determine if you need to make adjustments to your diet in order to adjust the level of potassium in your blood.
  • Your body needs protein to help build muscle, repair tissue and fight infection. However, if you have kidney problems, you may need to watch how much protein you eat.
  • If you have kidney problems, you should only take vitamins and minerals approved by your health care team.

DNA Corporate 

  • DNA has over 75 specialized physicians and 22 conveniently located office practices across the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.  DNA also has two office practices located in Puerto Rico.
  • DNA has treated its patients throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area since 1971.
  • DNA has two vascular centers that provide specialized access management and care.
  • DNA is in partnership with American Renal Associates, offers End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients the finest in dialysis treatment at several local facilities featuring today’s latest technology and state of the art comfort.
  • DNA Central Admissions staff members are available to assist you in finding a dialysis facility near you that provides services under the direction and supervision of our physicians and the finest technicians and nurses.
  • DNA recognizes that our partnership with other healthcare professionals in the community is key to successfully treating a patient with kidney disease and offers helpful resources such as referral forms, patient education, lectures, CMEs, and resource materials.
  • DNA offers our patients a FollowMyHealth patient portal where they can access their vitals, view reports and lab results, request prescription refills and request an appointment.
  • DNA services include a Kidney Stone Clinic which provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of kidney stone disease.
  • Many DNA physicians also have special areas of interest and care, such as uncontrolled hypertension and glomerulonephritis, to name a few.