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Kidney problems often result from diabetes, high blood pressure or HIV, afflictions that are ravaging the black community.
These are mainly lifestyle diseases, with diabetes and high blood pressure caused mainly by obesity, lack of exercise and incorrect nutrition.
Black people in South Africa are nine times more likely to suffer kidney disease than their white compatriots.
Renal, or kidney, problems are also often compounded by self-medication with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
"One in four South African suffers from high blood pressure and left untreated maybe half will suffer some form of kidney disease," says Saraladevi Naicker, a professor at the University of Witwatersrand medical school and head of the renal unit at Johannesburg General Hospital.
Diabetes, another lifestyle disease hammering black South Africans, often leads to acute kidney problems. About 30 percent of patients with severe diabetes will land up with severe kidney problems.
Amid all the horrors of Aids few realise that at least 10percent of patients infected with HIV will also develop severe kidney problems.
A survey in Nigeria found that 38 percent of Aids patients in that country suffered kidney disease.