March is National Kidney Month and we are asking for your help to raise awareness about kidney disease, which affects more than 30 million American adults. In the month of March, we encourage you to not take your kidneys for granted. 1 in 3 adults is at risk for kidney disease. Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.
- More than 1,600 men, women, and children are waiting for a kidney transplant
- 6,744 men, women and children rely on dialysis to live
- 6,045 women and men are kidney transplant recipients
Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. In the month of March, we encourage you to get tested for kidney disease because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of the disease. Two simple tests to check for kidney disease:
- Urine Test
- Blood Test
Visit www.kidneywi.org to find out more about kidney disease and the programs and services the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin has to support patients and their families.