By National Kidney Foundation.
March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation is urging all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.
Did you know? 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. There are more than 26 million Americans who already have kidney disease, and most don’t know it because there are often no symptoms until the disease has progressed.
The National Kidney Foundation is offering FREE screenings on April 18, 2013 to those most at risk for kidney disease – anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. A screening is being held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (909 West 33rd Street, Sioux Falls) from 2:00-7:00PM and is sponsored locally by DAKOTACARE. Please visit www.kidney.org or call 1-800-596-7943 for more information or to make an appointment.
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.
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information about risk factors, kidneys, kidney disease and World Kidney Day activities, visit www.kidney.org.