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Kidney Health Week | 21-27 May 2023

Kidney failure can strike without any symptoms.

It's more than a wee problem.

Why are kidneys so important?

Your kidneys play a vital role in your body. They work hard to clean your blood and create urine for you 24 hours a day. Without kidney function, you would struggle to process toxins and eliminate waste, and this would have a devastating impact on your health.

How BIG is the problem?

Australians are unaware they live with kidney disease

of deaths are kidney related

hospitalisations are kidney disease related

What are the early symptoms?

Even though many associate kidney disease with pain weeing or blood in the wee, kidney disease is largely symptomless. In fact, you can lose 90% of kidney function with no warning.

By the time symptoms are felt people are close to kidney failure. It’s not surprising that kidney disease is so often underdiagnosed, until it’s too late to do anything about it.

A life of kidney failure: A reality check

The kidney failure diagnoses results in the need for sudden, serious, and life-changing interventions to stay alive. Life quality quickly becomes a thing of the past as people are sentenced to years of dialysis – connected to a machine that slowly cleans out all the toxins from the blood 3 times a week, 5 hours a day. It’s a life sentence for the patient and their families.

Here's what some of our Kidney Warriors had to say about it

Incredibly, most people are at risk. 3 in 4 Australians.

Diabetes or high blood pressure are the underlying cause in 50% of kidney failure cases. There’s also a number of other risk factors:

Check if you're at risk

Take the 2 min Kidney Risk Test now

There is hope, and good news.

The good news is that if detected early, deterioration in kidney function can be reduced by up to 50%. New treatments can slow progression to kidney failure by up to 15 years, and in some cases even stopping progression. This means staying out of hospital and living your best life for longer.

Who should do a Kidney Health Check?

If you’re at risk, ask your GP for a simple Kidney Health Check. This involves getting your wee, blood and blood pressure tested and will tell you how well your kidneys are working.

Kidney Disease is a BIG Problem with a simple requirement – if you’re one of the 3 in 4 Aussies at risk don't wait for symptoms before getting tested.