World Kidney Day - Thursday 13 March 2014
www.worldkidneyday.org * www.ifkf.org
Australia's World Kidney Day 2013: Protect your Kidneys, save your Heart!
The presence of kidney dysfunction greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease - an important fact that is often overlooked! If you are at risk of kidney disease, see your doctor to discuss maintaining your heart health as well!
Key Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease & Cardiovascular Disease
- People at every stage of CKD are at more risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), although those in the later stages have the highest risk.
- CVD remains the leading cause of death for people on dialysis and those who have a transplanted kidney.
- People with CKD have a 2 to 3-fold greater risk of cardiac death than individuals without CKD.
- For people with CKD, the risk of dying from cardiovascular events is up to 20 times greater than requiring dialysis or transplantation
Keith DS, Nichols GA, Gullion CM, Brown JB, Smith DH. Longitudinal follow-up and outcomes among a population with chronic kidney disease in a large managed care organization. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2004;164:659-663
- Identifying CKD early and slowing progression to kidney failure is important in reducing your risk of CVD.
Foley RN, Parfrey PS, Sarnak MJ. Clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in chronic renal disease. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 1998;32:S112-S119.
Weiner ME, Tighiouarr H, Amin M et al. Chronic kidney disease as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality: A pooled analysis of community-based studies. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2004;15:1307-131
- The best way to reduce the risk of CVD is to make healthy lifestyle choices. It is also important to control and maintain a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood glucose level if you have diabetes. If you have CKD, this usually means using medication as well as having a healthy lifestyle.
Latest statistics on CKD in Australia: Fast Facts on CKD>
Kidney Health Resources> for extensive information on a multitude of topics, and in multiple languages
Refer to our webpages: Your heart and CKD * Diabetes and CKD
WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2013 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Media 14 March 2013: 'Protect your kidneys, save your heart' on World Kidney Day
Chronic kidney disease has been found to be an important, independent and potent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. People with chronic kidney disease have a two to three-fold greater risk of cardiac death than individuals without CKD. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for people on dialysis and those who have a transplanted kidney. Media>
Events around Australia held around Australia
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Kidney health information stand
Tennant Creek Hospital, Schmidt Street Tennant Creek
Kidney health information stand with health snacks
Satterley Property Group with Kidney Health Australia
Butler Community Centre 55 Kingsbridge Blvd, Butler
Awareness and education stall with blood pressure testing
Stirling Diaverum and Kidney Health Australia
Stirling Diaverum (a.m.) 1 Puccini Crt, Stirling & Innaloo
Shopping Centre (pm) Ellen Stirling Boulevard Innaloo
Kidney Kiosk Project Launch
Department of Health, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service with Kidney Health Australia
Cairns Base Hospital
Kidney Health Awareness Information Booth
Group: Kidney patients from Princess Alexandra Hospital and Kidney Health Australia volunteers
Lobby at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba
New South Wales
Q Kidney Risk Assessments at Kidney Health Australia workshop
‘Engaging Men in Education, Awareness, Support and Baseline Measurement’
Group: Hunter Prostate Cancer Support and Education Group with Kidney Health Australia, Newcastle
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Kidney Diseases are Common, Harmful and Treatable
The prevalence of kidney disease is increasing dramatically and the cost of treating this growing epidemic represents an enormous burden on healthcare systems worldwide. Between 8 and 10% of the adult population have some form of kidney damage and every year millions die prematurely of complications related to Chronic Kidney Disease. Take the test - www.checkmykidneys.com.au to see if you are at increased risk!
If you are at 'increased risk' and tick YES to any of the following.....
- are 60 years or older
- are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
- have diabetes
- have a family history of kidney disease
- have established heart problems (heart failure or past heart attack) and/or have had a stroke
- have high blood pressure
- are obese (Body Mass Index BMI - of 30 or more)
- are a smoker
..... then you should ask your GP for a Kidney Health Check
Symptoms of reduced kidney function
- high blood pressure
- changes in the amount and number of times urine is passed, e.g. at night
- changes in the appearance of urine
- blood in the urine
- puffiness e.g. legs and ankles
- pain in the kidney area
- loss of appetite
- difficulty sleeping
- lack of concentration
- shortness of breath
- nausea and vomiting
- bad breath and a metallic taste in the mouth
Keep fit and active
Increase daily physical activity as it helps reduce your blood pressure and reduces your risk of CKD. Refer to Measure Up & CKD.
Keep regular control of your blood sugar levels, blood lipids and anaemia
About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage, so it is important for people with diabetes to have regular tests to check their kidney function. Kidney damage from diabetes can be reduced or prevented if detected early. It is important to keep control of blood sugar levels with the help of doctor or pharmacist.
Monitor blood pressure, reduce if necessary
The lower the blood pressure, the slower your kidney function declines. Although many people are aware high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack, few know it is also the most common cause of kidney damage. High blood pressure is especially likely to cause kidney damage when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
This can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with CKD. Reduce salt intake - recommended salt intake is 5-6 grams of salt per day (a teaspoon). In order to reduce your salt intake, try to limit the amount of processed and restaurant food and do not add salt to food. It will be easier to control your intake if you prepare the food yourself with fresh ingredients.
Do not smoke
Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. When less blood reaches the kidneys, smoking limits the kidney's ability to function properly. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer by about 50%! If you smoke - best thing to do for your health, is to quit now!
Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis
Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly. Such medications probably do not pose significant danger if your kidneys are relatively healthy and you use them for emergencies only. If you are dealing with chronic pain such as arthritis or back pain, work with your doctor to find a way to control your pain without putting your kidneys at risk.
If concerned your medication may be affecting your health, refer to Medicines Line 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424)
- Raise awareness about the function of our amazing kidneys.
- Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for CKD.
- Encourage kidney risk assessment in all 'high risk' groups, especially anyone with diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Encourage preventive behaviour.
- Educate medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of kidney disease, particularly in high risk populations.
- Stress the important role of local and national health authorities worldwide will have to deal with high and escalating costs, if no action is taken to treat the growing number of people with CKD. On World Kidney Day, Governments are encouraged to take action to invest more in kidney prevention.
- Encourage transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure and organ donation as a life-saving initiative.
Global site www.worldkidneyday.org
World Kidney Day is celebrated annually on 2nd Thursday in March