March is National Kidney Month and is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). Kidney disease affects people of all ages, even children; however those who are of African-American descent and/or suffering from diabetes are thought to be especially at risk.
Earlier this month, the NKF hosted a summit in Washington, D.C. to generate awareness about kidney diseases and educate Congress about the need for more research funds. Patients of kidney disease and kidney transplant recipients were also on hand to lend a personal voice to the struggles they face.
Kidneys are an essential organ whose most important job is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. Kidneys also produce hormones that dictate the function of other organs, balance the body’s fluids, and help control the production of red blood cells.
The NKF serves to educate Americans about the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney-related issues. The organization facilitates events all across the country including local Kidney Walks and golf tournaments, as well as providing free kidney diseases screening clinics.
If you feel you might be suffering from kidney disease, take this Rate Your Risk Quiz, and then contact a specialist at Urology Austin.