Thursday, March 10, 2022 is World Kidney Day! World Kidney Day raises awareness for kidney health and aims to reduce kidney disease and other kidney-related health complications. World Kidney Day was established in 2006 and highlights a different theme each year. This year, the World Kidney Day campaign theme is Kidney Health for All and hopes to bridge the gap to better kidney care.
Our kidneys are essential to our health. The kidneys perform many essential functions, including removing excess toxins and water from your blood, controlling blood pressure, and producing red blood cells to support bone health.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a disease characterized by the progressive loss of kidney function over months or years. 1 in 10 people suffer from CKD worldwide, and when left untreated the disease can be life threatening. Despite improvements in research and knowledge, CKD related mortality continues to increase and is projected to be the 5th leading cause of death worldwide by the year 2040.
Because of the severe consequences CKD can cause, early detection and management is critical. It is important to participate in frequent screening and understand the risk factors involved in kidney disease.
There are a variety of risk factors involved in CKD. Two of the most prevalent risk factors are diabetes and high blood pressure. Some other risk factors include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease, obesity, smoking, abnormal kidney structure, and family history of kidney disease. While everyone should participate in regular kidney screening, it is especially important for high risk populations to prioritize regular screening to monitor kidney health. For more information on risk factors associated with kidney disease, visit www.mayoclinic.org.
The World Kidney Day Campaign identifies 8 steps you can take to prevent kidney disease: