The World Kidney Day takes place every year on the second Thursday in March. This year it overlaps with the World Women's Day on March 8. The matching motto is "Kidneys and Women's Health". The risk of chronic kidney failure is often higher in women than in men. The importance of information and prevention is particularly highlighted today.
Not only on World Kidney Day, but also during the renal weeks from March 1 to 31, people all over the world will be sensitized to the importance of information, prevention and early action when it comes to kidney diseases.
Do you know all the amazing things our kidneys do? They remove waste products and fluids from the blood, produce urine, control our body's chemistry balance and help to control blood pressure, keep our bones healthy and create red blood cells. In order to pay more attention to this important organ, the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Community of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) established World Kidney Day in 2006. Today, Thursday, it will be organised for the 13th time under the motto "Kidneys and Women's Health".
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects about 195 million women worldwide. At present, it is also the eighth leading cause of death among women, with almost 600,000 deaths per year. Reason enough to point out the importance of prevention and early action.
The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. It is particularly dangerous that those affected have no symptoms at an early stage. A person can lose up to 90 percent of his or her kidney function until he or she discovers the first signs. These include swollen joints, fatigue, concentration problems, reduced appetite or foamy urine. However, simple tests can be used to detect proteins in the urine or to measure the creatinine level in the blood in order to prevent it from reaching this point and to be able to intervene at an early stage.
Drinking enough water helps to care for the kidneys. For this reason, the German association PKD Familiäre Zystenniere e. V. calls with the action #PKDGlasWasser to post a picture of yourself with a glass of water in the social networks. Friends and acquaintances should reflect their own habits when looking at the photo and be made aware of the risks of kidney diseases and the necessary prevention.
You too can help to point out the importance of the kidneys and their amazing performance to reduce health problems around the world by using hashtags on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #WorldKidneyDay or #PKDGlasWasser.
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