Healthy Moments Episode

Sean Elliott’s Big Discovery

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Mar 17, 2014 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks to retired NBA champion Sean Elliott about his kidney disease diagnosis and gives tips on who should get tested for the disease.

Transcript

​DR. RODGERS:  It’s not whether you win or lose – it’s how you play the game. And for retired NBA champion Sean Elliott, that’s true even off the court. 

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Sean made a big discovery after a playoff series:

MR. ELLIOTT: “I remember that 2 or 3 weeks after that I felt like I was really stressed from losing that series and I just had trouble every day getting out of bed. I was extremely lethargic, I lost my appetite, and I started to notice every morning that my hands, and my feet, and especially my face were particularly swollen.” 

DR. RODGERS:  Sean went to a doctor, and a simple urine test led to his diagnosis of kidney disease. 

If you have high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure, you’re at high risk and should get tested. Early kidney disease has no symptoms.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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