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March 8th is World Kidney Day

Posted by on March 8th, 2018 Posted in: Advocacy, Blog, General (all entries)

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World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys.

The official website states, “World Kidney Day comes back every year. All across the globe many hundred events take place from public screenings in Argentina to Zumba marathons in Malaysia. We do it all to create awareness. Awareness about preventive behaviors, awareness about risk factors, and awareness about how to live with a kidney disease. We do this because we want kidney health for all.”

Why is kidney health important?  MedlinePlus describes the kidneys and the important function they perform: “You have two kidneys, each about the size of your fist. They are near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside each kidney there are about a million tiny structures called nephrons. They filter your blood. They remove wastes and extra water, which become urine. The urine flows through tubes called ureters. It goes to your bladder, which stores the urine until you go to the bathroom.”

What is the best way to keep your kidneys healthy?  The CDC recommends:

  • Keep your blood pressure below 140/90 or ask your doctor what the best blood pressure target is for you.
  • Stay in your target cholesterol range.
  • Eat foods lower in salt.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay active.
  • Take your medication as directed.

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