Wednesday, March 07, 2007
World Kidney Day on March 8
Kidneys are the unsung organs of the body. Heart, lung, and brain tend to be in the spotlight but without proper kidney function, they are at risk of failure. March 8 has been identified as World Kidney Day to raise awareness of the prevalence and prevention of kidney disease.
Globally about 500 million people have some form of chronic kidney disease. 1.5 million people are on dialysis or transplant. 80% of these individuals are in the developed world because the cost is too burdensome for those in the developing world. The most common causes of kidney disease in the developed world are diabetes and hypertension. The incidence is increasing as the prevalence of these diseases increases in both the developed and developing countries.
Kidney disease is detected easily through a blood and urine test which is ordered by your doctor.
You are considered to be at high risk for kidney disease if you have any of the following:
-- high blood pressure or diabetes.
-- obesity, defined as body mass index of 30 or more.
-- a smoking history.
-- an age of 50 or older.
-- a family history of kidney disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.
There are interventions which may help reduce the progression of kidney disease so please consult your doctor if you think that you may be at risk.
References: International Federation of Kidney Foundation.
Photo: courtesy of cdc.gov.