Sean Elliott's Big Discovery

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

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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, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Sean made a big discovery after a playoff series:

SEAN ELLIOTT: I remember that 2 or 3 weeks after that 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.

For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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