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Are you a “one in ten?”

In BC, an estimated one in 10 people live with some level of kidney disease and most don't even know it. Are you a "one in ten"? During National Kidney Health Month, the BC Renal Agency encourages you to find out. 

In British Columbia, an estimated one in 10 people live with some level of kidney disease. Because there are often no early symptoms, many are unaware they have this potentially life threatening disease until it is too late. When kidneys fail, regular dialysis or a kidney transplant may be needed to survive. The good news is that if kidney disease is diagnosed early, its progression can be slowed or even stopped through medication and changes to one’s lifestyle and diet.
 
On World Kidney Day (March 12, 2015) and during National Kidney Health Month, communities across BC and all over the world are holding special events to raise awareness about kidney disease and the vital role kidneys play in maintaining our health.
 
Are you at risk? Research has shown the following are linked to an increased chance of developing kidney disease:
 
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • family history of kidney disease
  • belonging to a high-risk ethnic group such as Asian, Aboriginal, African or South Asian
The BC Renal Agency has developed a quick and easy online kidney health assessment you can use to determine your risk, and whether you should consult with your family doctor (see www.kidneysmart.com). If you complete the assessment during the month of March you will be eligible to enter a contest for a chance to win a Brondell countertop water filtration system.
 
To join the 31 Days to Good Kidney Health challenge, follow the agency on Facebook and Twitter. Each day you’ll get one simple tip or fact for good overall kidney health.
 
For more information about kidney disease risk factors, prevention, diet and more, please visit the Kidney Smart campaign page at www.kidneysmart.com.
 
The BC Renal Agency plans and monitors the delivery of kidney care services throughout the province. The agency coordinates the delivery of specialized care to kidney patients in 14 hospitals and 27 community dialysis centres across the province and devotes considerable resources to research and knowledge exchange activities in an effort to enhance the quality of care for kidney patients.
 
 
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