Kidney disease among the Zuni Indians: The Zuni Kidney Project

Marina Scavini, Vallabh O. Shah, Christine A. Stidley, Francesca Tentori, Susan S. Paine, Antonia M. Harford, Andrew S. Narva, David S. Kessler, Arlene Bobelu, Carleton P. Albert, Jeanette Bobelu, Eunice Jamon, Kathy Natachu, Donica Neha, Thomas K. Welty, Jean W. MacCluer, Philip G. Zager

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Background. There is an epidemic of kidney disease among the Zuni Indians. In collaboration with health care providers and research institutions, the Zuni Pueblo established the Zuni Kidney Project to reduce the burden of kidney disease. Methods. The Zuni Kidney Project conducted a population-based, cross-sectional survey to estimate the prevalence of albuminuria, hematuria, and related risk factors. Neighborhood household clusters served as the sampling frame. Participants completed a questionnaire, donated blood and urine samples, and had blood pressure, height, and weight measured. This survey provided the foundation for ongoing studies to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for disease susceptibility and progression. Results. Age and gender distributions among survey participants were similar to those in the eligible Zuni population. Prevalence of incipient albuminuria (IA) (0.03≤ urine albumin:creatinine ratio, UACR

Original languageEnglish
JournalKidney international. Supplement
Issue number97
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • Albuminuria
  • American Indians
  • Diabetic and nondiabetic kidney disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Hematuria
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Proteinuria
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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