Renal Services THRIVE Story

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A 68-year-old African-American woman came to THRIVE with a history of hypertension and diabetes, two maladies that are common in the African-American population and that are often precursors to kidney disease.

The THRIVE staff saw that she was not uremic but had anemia, as well as the hypertension and diabetes. These symptoms meant that she had Stage 3 kidney disease. The woman was suffering from lethargy, headaches and dizziness.

The woman accepted the staff's suggestions for changing her diet, taking medication for her anemia, continuing her medications for hypertension and controlling her diabetes. She lost weight, and her blood pressure and blood sugar went down substantially and stabilized.

"She felt stronger," said Peggy Custode, Renal Clinician for the THRIVE program. "She felt all-around better. She was even able to take a long trip to visit her family."

The woman has now been in the THRIVE program for eight years and is still in Stage 3, rather than progressing to worse stages and needing dialysis or a transplant.

"This clearly shows that being part of THRIVE and complying with it slowed down the progression of her kidney disease," Ms. Custode said.



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