March is National Kidney Month, an opportunity to raise awareness for kidney health and education, and urge people to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup. These efforts hope to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and the health problems associated with them worldwide. Renal disease, a condition in which the kidneys lose the ability to remove waste and balance fluids often necessitates kidney transplant, prompting the patient to be listed on the national waiting list. Today, more than 80% of the candidates waiting for a life-saving organ transplant are in need of a kidney.
The kidneys play a vital role in the overall health and daily workings of the body. Filtering around 200 liters of blood a day, they help regulate blood pressure, balance body fluids, and remove waste from the blood. Unfortunately, they are also prone to disease; 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure. There are more than 26 million Americans who already have kidney disease. Frequently, people are unaware of a kidney problem as there are often no symptoms until the disease has progressed. Continue reading