In recent years, there has been a broad shift in the field of medicine to recognize race as a social construct instead of a biological one. This has made significant changes to the field of nephrology, especially in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function, eventually requiring dialysis or even a kidney transplant. The kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then removed in urine. With a decrease in kidney function, fluids build up and electrolytes become dysregulated. Without intervention, death ensues.