World Kidney Day (14th March 2019) is held to draw attention to the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will help protect your kidneys, your risks for developing kidney disease and the impact it has on those suffering from kidney disease.
• They get rid of excess water and toxins in your body
• They regulate your blood pressure
• They make red blood cells
• They keep your bones strong.
Normally, your kidneys are very efficient, but when they are damaged or lose function over time, this is known as chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease affects over three million people in the UK but up to a million of these people may be undiagnosed. Kidney disease is common, can affect anyone, but is treatable for some people if recognised early.
Early diagnosis and prompt treatment, as well as changes in diet and lifestyle, are vital and can often help slow down or prevent any further damage. Left unchecked, however, chronic kidney disease can progress to kidney failure, which is fatal without treatment by dialysis or a kidney transplant.