Thirty-one million Americans are afflicted with chronic kidney disease
(CKD). To combat this sobering statistic and improve the health of the
population and reduce affiliated medical costs, the
American Kidney Fund (AKF) designates March as National Kidney Month. The purpose of this campaign
is to increase awareness of kidney illness and mobilize fundraising and
awareness in the medical community at large. The AKF’s awareness
endeavors will include a media blitz – expect a lot of new and important
information to be posted on the AKF’s website and social media channels
in March, for instance – along with hosted events around the country.
National Kidney Month Activities
The month’s activities aim at educating the public as well as petitioning
congressional lawmakers. Educational strategies will involve conducting
radio interviews, posting articles on the blog
Kidney Today, and implementing a 31-day social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
In addition, patient advocates will join members of the AKF in Washington
D. C. to ask Congress to sponsor legislation for increased funding of
CKD research and treatment. Another event on the agenda, the sixth annual
Kidney Action Day on the Hill, will feature speeches and free kidney health
Lifestyle Practices to Reduce the Risk of Kidney Disease
Measures that lower the likelihood of kidney disease also reduce the risk
of high blood pressure and diabetes. Talk to your doctor, but these potentially
include the following:
- Exercise five days a week for at least 30 minutes.
- Stop smoking, and drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Eat a healthful diet plentiful in fruits, vegetables, good fats and protein.
Avoid overeating sugar, refined carbohydrates and grains, and rancid vegetable
oils and margarine.
Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, the loss of even a few
pounds can have a positive effect. Obesity not only worsens the disease
but also, according to a study, increases the wait for a kidney transplant.
To that end, at risk patients who are overweight and diabetic may need
to address their fundamental metabolic disease by restricting the total
amount of carbohydrate in the diet to treat insulin resistance and improve
markers like a1c, CRP and HDL cholesterol, according to the
latest thinking published in the Nutrition Journal. For more information, see
Obese Patients Wait Longer Than Most for Kidney Transplants: New Study.
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