March is National Kidney Awareness Month

National Kidney Awareness Month is observed every March in the United States to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health and the prevention of kidney disease. The kidneys are an essential part of the human body, responsible for filtering waste and excess fluids from the blood. However, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing health problem in the US, with an estimated 37 million adults affected. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of kidney health and ways to promote kidney health and prevent kidney disease.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs on either side of the spine, just below the rib cage. They filter waste and excess fluids from the blood, which are then excreted from the body in the form of urine. The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure, produce hormones promoting bone health and red blood cells. When the kidneys are damaged, they may not work properly, leading to a buildup of waste and excess fluid in the body, which can cause various health problems.

CKD is a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant to sustain life. The leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys. Other risk factors for CKD include smoking, obesity, and a family history of kidney disease.

There are several ways to promote kidney health and prevent kidney disease. One of the most important steps is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. People with high blood pressure or diabetes should work closely with their healthcare providers to manage their conditions and prevent further kidney damage.

Regular check-ups with a healthcare provider are also crucial for maintaining kidney health. Tests such as blood pressure checks, blood tests, and urine tests can help identify early signs of kidney disease and enable prompt treatment. Additionally, people with a family history of kidney disease or other risk factors for CKD should consider talking to their healthcare provider about screening tests for early detection of kidney disease.

In conclusion, National Kidney Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health and the prevention of kidney disease. Regular check-ups and screening tests can help identify early signs of kidney disease, enabling prompt treatment and a better prognosis for those affected. Let’s all work together to raise awareness about kidney health and promote healthy lifestyles for everyone.

For more information on coping with kidney disease or what you can do to prevent it, visit: https://www.kidney.org/

For more information on living a healthy lifestyle to help prevent kidney disease, visit: https://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-health

If you or someone you know is living with CKD and is in need of in-home care assistance, or transportation to dialysis, please find an Assisting Hands location near you by visiting: https://assistinghands.com/location-finder/

 

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