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It’s World Kidney Day. How Are Your Kidneys?

Posted March 8th, 2012 by

Today Is the Seventh Annual Observance of World Kidney Day

Today is World Kidney Day, a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

Since 2006, World Kidney Day has been raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health.  For example, did you know that it’s our kidneys’ job to remove toxins and excess water from the body?  Or that these two organs – roughly the size of a fist each – help regulate our blood pressure, blood cell production and bone health?

It’s no wonder then that humans can’t survive without kidneys, which brings us to this year’s World Kidney Day theme:  the need for life-saving organ donations and kidney transplants.  Without them, those with chronic kidney disease who progress to complete kidney failure (aka end stage renal disease) have a bleak prognosis.  Unfortunately, the need for transplantation is growing worldwide due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure, the main causes of kidney disease.

A Kidney Transplant Saves Lives for Those with End Stage Renal Disease

As a result, prevention is inextricably linked to being healthy in general:  maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and eating right.  Here in the US – where approximately 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk – the National Kidney Foundation has launched a campaign featuring legendary restaurateur B. Smith.  Check out the video below to learn about the risk factors for kidney disease and how you can reduce them with simple actions such as reducing salt and fat intake, quitting smoking and replacing soda with water.

Are you living with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease?  Connect with others like you to share experiences, support and advice.  At PatientsLikeMe, we have 2,700+ patients with hypertension, 2,700+ patients with type 2 diabetes and 300+ patients with chronic kidney disease.  In addition, 1,900+ members have undergone – or are awaiting – a kidney transplant, while 50+ others are on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.  Add your own story and gain insight from this wealth of real-world knowledge.

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Posted March 11th, 2010 by

smallwkd_logo_2010_4emailIt’s World Kidney Day 2010 – a global health awareness campaign focused on the importance of kidneys and prevention of kidney disease. According to www.world kidneyday.org, “Many people are currently not aware that their kidneys are damaged and they might find out too late. Dialysis and transplantation can be prevented if kidney diseases are detected early.”  Here are some more interesting facts from the site:

  • Diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
  • There are currently over 240 million people with diabetes worldwide. This figure is projected to rise to 380 million by 2025.
  • The number of people with renal replacement therapy have increased from 426,000 in 1990 to 1.5 million in 2000 and is expected to rise to 2.5 million by 2010.

Did you know also know there are more than 83,000 people in the United States currently on the kidney wait list?  As members of our new transplants community can tell you, it can be a long and trying journey to get a new organ.  (Watch this video to learn more about our transplants community which launched earlier this week.)

Let’s raise awareness of the risk factors for kidney disease.  And thanks to all of you who are healthy enough to be donors.  Your kidney could save someone’s life some day.