March is National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day is Thursday, March 9th. This is a special time set aside to raise awareness about kidney health and activities. Renal Support Network would like to invite each RSN member, members of the kidney community, our friends and our families to join in the conversation.

Since its inception in 1993, RSN has created and continues to produce a vast collection of information about kidney disease. Our blogs, Kidney Talk podcast, health library and more explain what kidney disease is and what you can do to promote kidney health.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Feel free to share our National Kidney Month page or just your favorite pieces on social media using the hastgag #KidneyMonth and be sure to tag us @RSNhope.

 

Facts:

Over 1 in 10 individuals in the US has kidney disease!

More than 20 million Americans are at risk of developing it and don't know it!

Kidney Disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States!

The number of kidney failure cases in the US has more than tripled since 1990 and is expected to grow because of an aging population!

DID YOU KNOW... ?

  • Early diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) dramatically slows its course giving you a longer, more healthful life. 
  • There are specific things you and your loved one can do to prevent or delay the onset of CKD.
  • CKD is a progressive loss of kidney function over time and doesn’t go away by itself.
  • The three main causes of chronic kidney disease are DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE and OBESITY

If you have any of these causes, see your doctor and get an estimated GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) assessment based on a simple blood test.

 

Are you a Stoner? Kidney Stones Explained

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Dr. Gary Curhan specializes in the treatment of kidney stones. These are small stones, usually made up of calcium crystals that form inside the kidney. Passing a stone can be very painful. Dr. Curhan and Lori discuss the causes of and treatments for kidney stones, as well as what you can do to stay stone-free.

Listen to this KidneyTalk podcast now

Essentials of Chronic Kidney Disease

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Dr. Stephen Fadem, a nephrologist in Houston, Texas, is passionate about educating people who have chronic kidney disease and the physicians who care for them.  He is a cancer survivor, and chemotherapy caused some damage to his kidney.

In this interview, he discusses Essentials of Chronic Kidney Disease, a new book which he helped write and compile with several other physicians. He talks about how, in cooperation with your physician, you can take steps to either delay the progression of disease or, in many instances, prevent it. The earlier one addresses CKD, the better the chances of preserving kidney function. Knowledge is power, and this is a must-listen-to interview.

Listen to this KidneyTalk podcast now

Ask the Nephrologist: What Could Have Slowed Down The Progression of my Kidney Disease?

Do you know the symptoms of kidney disease?

Watch our video Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease to learn the facts.

 

 

 

I Never Knew a Kidney Was More Than a Bean! - 3rd Place Winner 2016 Essay Contest

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When I was a child and heard the word kidney, I always thought of the bean.  You know the one I mean. The kind they put in chili or a bean salad. I never once thought I’d learn that kidneys were so much more!

Read this 2016 3rd prize winning essay now

Take RSN's Kidney Quiz

How much do you know about your kidneys? Take RSN's Kidney Quiz and find out!

Kidney Care Sharable Images for National Kidney Month

Just Diagnosed

Click here to access information if you have recently been diagnosed with kidney disease.

Kidney Care Sharable Images for National Kidney Month
Blood Pressure Explained
Causes of Kidney Disease
Treatment Options for End-stage Kidney Disease

Warning Signs & How to Protect Kidneys; Be aware and share the knowledge.

Click to share RSN's Kidney Care and Target cards to share on social media.

Kidney Care Sharable Images for National Kidney Month
RSN's Sharable Kidney Care Tips
Share the Target Card
'Embrace your kidneys' Fact Sheet

Are You at Risk?

Do you have...

  • Swelling or numbness in feet, ankles, or hands
  •  Loss of appetite
  • Changes in urination (frequency, color, foam in urine)
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty concentrating, mental confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Changes in skin color (yellowish tint)
  • Itchy skin
  • Fragile bones
  • Muscle twitching, especially in legs

If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, it is important to get tested for kidney disease promptly. Remember, the signs and symptoms listed above may be due to other factors, but only your healthcare provider can give you an accurate diagnosis.

Featured RSN Health Library articles.


Kidney Care Sharable Images for National Kidney Month
Use of Analgesics in People with Kidney Disease
Sleep Apnea and Kidney Disease

Update your Facebook Profile Image for Kidney Month!

Show your support: Save this pic and use it as your Facebook profile image for Kidney Month. (Click to enlarge and right-click to copy). Then follow along as we commemorate Kidney Month and World Kidney Day with pop-quizzes to test your kidney knowledge. We'll also invite you to participate by sharing your experiences and advice with the kidney community throughout the month of March.

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