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National Kidney Month
March is National Kidney Month!
It’s a month to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease. In 2011, kidney disease was the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 20 million of U.S. adults aged ≥20 years have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of them are unaware of their condition. If left untreated, CKD can lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or transplantation for survival.
Your kidneys filter extra water and wastes out of your blood and make urine. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure so that your body can stay healthy. Kidney disease means that the kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood like they should.
For most people, kidney damage occurs slowly over many years, often due to diabetes or high blood pressure. This is called chronic kidney disease. When someone has a sudden change in kidney function—because of illness, or injury, or have taken certain medications—this is called acute kidney injury. This can occur in a person with normal kidneys or in someone who already has kidney problems.
To get more facts about kidney disease or to learn more call 1-866-4-KIDNEY (1-866-454-3639).