Today is World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day!
Did you know Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a worldwide public health problem and is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with close to 600,000 women dying each year according to the World Kidney Day Organization?
Your kidney can fail due to build up of waste in the body, damage to the kidneys, anemia as well as build up of fluid in the body. Symptoms can include anything from nausea and vomiting, blood in the urine, fatigue to swelling in the face, feet or hands. To determine if the symptoms you have are because of kidney failure, have your doctor perform these specific tests:
Urinalysis – check for protein, blood and white blood cells in the urine.
Blood tests – test creatinine and BUN, waste products that healthy kidneys remove from the bloodstream.
Make a contribution today and help us raise awareness about the importance of maintaining healthy kidneys!
*National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)