Paul Rooks, left, 49, his wife Ester, center, and son Damon chat in their home while waiting to depart for the clinic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on June 25, 2001. A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, Mr. Rooks has kidney failure brought on by diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, Native American diabetics are six times more likely to suffer renal failure than others who have the disease. Photo via Reuters
Native American populations, heavily afflicted by diabetes during the last several decades, have seen a dramatic decrease in kidney failures often related to the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed earlier this month.
The CDC announced that between 1996 and 2013 there was a 54 percent reduction in the number of diabetes-related kidney failures, called end-stage renal disease.
The data in the CDC report stated that Type-2 Diabetes still causes two out of three …