National Kidney Month

Did you know kidney disease is often referred to as a “silent disease,” because there are usually no symptoms during its early stages? In fact, as many as 90% of Americans who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) don’t know they have the disease until it is very advanced.

March is National Kidney Month, a campaign to raise awareness about kidney health and the prevention of kidney disease.

Kidney diseases are a leading cause of death in the United States, but the earlier that a diagnosis is made and treatment is started, the better the chances of leading a normal life.

Risk Factors: Talk to your doctor if you have risk factors for kidney disease, such as high blood pressue, diabetes, obesity, family history of chronic kidney disease, or heart disease.

Symptoms: People with CKD may not feel ill or notice any symptoms. The only way to find out for sure if you have CKD is through specific blood and urine tests. These tests include measurement of both the creatinine level in the blood and protein in the urine.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control)