World Kidney Day 2016, 10th March

2016’s World Kidney Day is fast approaching, this year it is Thursday the 10th of March. World Kidney Day is an annual global awareness and education event held on the second Thursday in March. The 2016 event has a particular focus on kidney disease in children. I am working alongside Kidney Research UK to tell people about the importance of your kidneys, how you can look after yourself and how to reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Looking after our kidneys is an importing aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I want to raise awareness for World Kidney Day 2016 as kidney disease is common, it can affect anyone, including children and there is no cure. We need to better raise awareness of this life threatening problem. The more people know about kidney health, the better.

Chronic kidney disease is common, affecting over 3 million people in the UK. However, it can go undetected as people often have no symptoms, although people with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, a family history and those from certain ethnic groups, have a higher risk. The good news is that depending on the problem, early detection, changes in lifestyle and a healthy diet can often slow down the progression of the disease, delaying the possible need for dialysis or transplantation.

How to improve your kidney health:
• Monitor your blood pressure
• Keep fit and active
• Don’t smoke
• Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
• Get your kidney function checked if you are at increased risk
• Keep well hydrated