Healthy World, Healthy Nation, Healthy You

To Pee or Not to Pee

Dr. Tamara Kear
Professor of Nursing, Villanova University
Villanova , PA


TamaraDr Kear earned her BSN from Gwynedd-Mercy College, an MSN from Jefferson University and a PhD from Villanova University. She has over 20 years of nephrology nursing experience and practices as an acute dialysis nurse for Fresenius Medical Care-North America. She has conducted research internationally on the prevalence of hypertension in underserved populations and has published numerous articles and book chapter related to kidney disease and failure. She lectures extensively regionally and nationally on the management of kidney disease.


Many people with diabetes and hypertension do not recognize the association of these two problems with kidney disease. How you manage diabetes and hypertension over your lifetime is essential to preventing kidney damage which can be a devastating consequence of these chronic illnesses. How to recognized signs, symptoms and understand the progression of this illness is discussed with an nurse educator and clinician who is passionate about preventing this illness when steps can be taken to prevent such a problem.

3 Key Points:

  1. Kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.
  2. Leading causes for kidney failure are diabetes and hypertension.
  3. Management of diabetes and hypertension will lower the risk of dying from kidney disease.

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