Kidney Health Week aims to raise awareness about kidney disease in Australia.
Kidney disease has a big impact on Australians; it is the 10th most common cause of death in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 50 people die from kidney related disease every day.
|Date||25th May -
31st May 2014
|Days To Event||39 Days|
|Organization||Kidney Health Australia|
|How Is Date Set?||Set each year|
The body has two kidneys which primarily act as a filter for the blood. The kidneys remove waste and excess water. Excess water is then stored in the bladder before being passed out of the body as urine through the urethra. The kidneys help regulate and balance the levels of minerals such as calcium, sodium, and potassium in the blood. The kidneys also produce hormones including renin, which controls blood volume and blood pressure.
Kidney disease can be a serious condition in which the kidney loses part or all of its function. Kidney dysfunction can lead to a build up of waste water which remains in the body. A consequence of kidney disease can include high blood pressure, bone disease, anemia, acidosis and cholesterol problems. Left untreated, kidney disease can be fatal.
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Kidney disease can be acute or chronic. Acute kidney disease has a sudden onset whilst chronic kidney disease develops over time. The prognosis for acute kidney disease is often good as acute kidney failure can be reversible. However, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease. As the disease progresses, treatment may require dialysis or a transplant.
People with kidney disease may experience no symptoms when kidney function is above 10%. Therefore it is vital that people have a health check and are screened for kidney disease. A health check for kidney disease usually includes blood pressure, blood and urine tests.
People can get involved in many types of awareness week activities during Kidney Health / Red Undies Week. Activities may include:
Kidney Health Week / Red Undies Week is backed by Kidney Health Australia, a non-profit organization focused on the the detection, prevention of management of kidney disease in Australia.
For more information visit the dedicated website for Red Undies Week.