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Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care

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Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care

World Kidney Day is celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, World Kidney Day (WKD) is the global campaign that aims at increasing awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health and reduces the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care. As the incidence of kidney disease escalates, World Kidney Day plays a crucial role in educating the public, the medical community and governments and encouraging prevention and early detection of kidney disease.

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Key Messages

  • Kidney disease is projected to become the 5th leading cause of premature death globally by 2040.
  • Crucially, the onset and progression of chronic kidney disease is often preventable through primary, secondary or tertiary interventions,
  • Clinical preventive interventions include early check ups, blood pressure and glycemic control as well as management of co-morbidities e.g. cardiovascular disease.
  • A key preventative measure is more education and awareness of the risks of kidney disease among the population, patients, professions and policy makers.
  • A drastic change and improvement in national and specific policies directed towards education and awareness about kidney disease as well as CKD screening, management and treatment are needed.
  • World Kidney Day calls on everyone to advocate for concrete measures in every country to promote and advance kidney disease prevention.

The 8 Golden Rules

  1. Keep fit, be active
  2. Eat a healthy diet
  3. Check and control your blood sugar
  4. Check and control your blood pressure
  5. Take appropriate fluid intake
  6. Don’t smoke
  7. Don’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory/pain-killer pills regularly
  8. Get your kidney function checked if you have any ‘high risk’ factors
    • you have diabetes
    • you have hypertension
    • you are obese
    • you have a family history of kidney disease

MORE INFO: https://www.worldkidneyday.org

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