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
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
- heart disease
- family history of kidney disease
- belonging to a high-risk ethnic group such as Asian, Aboriginal, African or
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