Mandawuy Yunupingu was a man of peace, and one determined to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, using the magic of the universal medium, music. Who can forget Treaty by the band he co-founded, Yothu Yindi.
May you rest in peace, Yunupingu. You died too young of kidney disease at the age of 56.
Chronic Kidney Disease is a silent killer in the Indigenous population.
From Kidney Health Australia:
Key points on Chronic Kidney Disease in Indigenous Australians
- Indigenous Australians are almost 4 most times as likely to die with CKD as a cause of death than non-Indigenous Australians.
- Indigenous Australians were found to be more likely to have end-stage kidney disease and be hospitalised or die with CKD than non-Indigenous Australians.
- The greater prevalence of CKD in some Indigenous Australian communities is due to the high incidence of traditional risk factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking, in addition to higher levels of inadequate nutrition, alcohol abuse, streptococcal throat and skin infection, poor living conditions and low birthweight which is linked to reduced nephron development.
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