March is National Kidney Disease Awareness Month
March is National Kidney Month, the perfect time to remind adults 60 and older to get an annual urine test to screen for kidney disease. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Kidney disease is also one of those diseases that don't show symptoms in the early stages. Making a kidney screening urine test part of your routine checkup can help detect kidney disease early.
About The Kidneys:
The kidneys are two, fist-sized organs in your lower back. They maintain overall health through the following functions:
- Filtering waste out of 200 liters of blood each day.
- Regulating of the body's salt, potassium and acid content.
- Removing of drugs from the body.
- Balancing the body's fluids.
- Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure.
- Producing an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones.
- Controlling the production of red blood cells.
Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:
- Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country.
- More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t know it.
- There are over 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants.
- More than 590,000 people have kidney failure in the US today.
(Excerpted from the National Kidney Foundation web site)
For more information on kidney disease, read the Center for Disease Control Kidney Fact Sheet.