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National Kidney Disease Awareness Month

Kidneys serve a vital function in the body, filtering blood to remove wastes and extra water.    When the kidneys are afflicted by disease, wastes build up, and if not treated, kidney failure is possible.  Because kidney disease has no symptoms, most people aren't aware of a problem with their kidneys until kidney failure is imminent.  National Kidney Disease Awareness Month was established to increase awareness about kidney failure, to encourage people to get simple blood and urine tests to detect kidney disease early, and to raise funds for research.

 

Some facts about kidney disease, from the National Kidney Foundation :

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure,accounting for 44 percent of the new cases.
  • Nearly 215,000 people are living with kidney failure resulting from diabetes.
  • Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the country, accounting for 26% of all cases.

 

For more information visit:  http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/kidneymonth/