Time to raise awareness of kidney disease and its effect around the globe
March is National Kidney Month in the United States and March 14 is World Kidney Day, a day when people all over the world raise awareness of the kidney and how important it is. This year’s theme is ‘kidney health for everyone, everywhere.’ Kidney diseases are increasing across the globe — 850 million people are estimated to have some form of it — and the campaign is calling for universal health coverage for prevention and early treatment of kidney diseases.
Global burden of chronic kidney disease
1 in 10 people around the world have chronic kidney disease, and half of people aged 75 or older have some degree of it. Luckily, there are ways to lower your risk of developing the disease.
Ways to prevent kidney disease
To prevent chronic kidney disease, you should:
- Manage your diabetes, if you have it
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Follow a low-sodium diet
Check out this infographic to learn more about the global burden of kidney diseases as well as more ways to reduce your risk of kidney problems.
On social media? Share facts about the kidney and ways to keep your kidneys healthy this Thursday, March 14, in honor of World Kidney Day. We’ll be doing the same – share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! And visit www.worldkidneyday.org to learn more about kidney disease and how people are recognizing World Kidney Day around the globe.