March not only brings spring, but it also brings National Kidney Month, a time to shine light on kidney disease and the steps you should be taking to prevent it. This month the National Kidney Foundation urges people everywhere to make sure that they are taking care of their kidneys and getting regular checkups. Your health should be your number one priority and this month is here to remind you of that.
Your kidneys filter two hundred liters of blood a day, direct red blood cell production, and help regulate blood pressure among multiple other lucrative jobs. Kidneys are also unfortunately very prone to disease which is why more than twenty-six million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Most of these people are unaware of their disease until it has progressed because of the lack of symptoms.
Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States today and there are over ninety-five thousand people waiting for kidney transplants. People who are at the highest risk for kidney failure are those who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and those who have a family history of kidney failure. If you are one of these people, you should be even more proactive about preventing and screening for kidney disease.
Some of the ways that you can participate in National Kidney Month are by getting a screening test done on yourself and encouraging those around you to do the same. This can help you to get ahead of the disease before it progresses and ensure that you have the best chance at fighting it. You can also donate to the cause by visiting the National Kidney Foundation’s website. You can share the message through social media platforms so that more people can become educated.