- Health & Awareness  to Prevent Kidney Disease
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Health & Awareness is working hard to become a trusted leader to bring awareness and promote prevention to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease.

"Encourage our Youth" & "Remember our Seniors"
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is more common among women than men.
  • More than 40% of people aged 20 years or older with diabetes have CKD.
  • More than 30% of people aged 20 or older with hypertension have CKD.
  • There has been extensive research that has shown 40% of individuals with kidney disease have not been diagnosed.  And most are not aware they are at risk, they are also unaware of what they should be doing to prevent CKD and treat it.

If kidney happen to get damaged for any of a number of reason, there can be fluid build-up inside the body.  This in turn can lead to developing kidney disease and some of the symptoms that you may notice will include:
  • Anemia
  • High Urea Levels as well as potassium levels and Creatine
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the ankles
  • Muscle achiness
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Back problems

What Can Be Done to Prevent Kidney Disease?

Perhaps one of the most obvious and highly recommended methods for preventing CKD is to get a kidney screening. Kidney screening reduces the risk of ESRD by 60%. Vist a nephrologist (kidney doctor), read to learn about your disease and  your lab report. My strongest recommendation is get a good dietitian that will assist in explaining your lab result.

  • Check Blood Pressure: You should get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis to ensure it is in a safe level.
  •  Control Blood Pressure: Controlling your blood pressure is going to help maintain your health and prevent the development of kidney disease. One of the easiest methods for doing just that is to watch your salt intake. Reduce foods that are high in salt as well as sodium and try to not eliminate it completely.  Some of it is going to be needed to help keep things regulated.  To help determine how much you should have on a daily basis, you can set up a meeting with a dietitian to determine  diet plan catered to your need.
  • Lose Weight: For those who have diabetes, kidneys become under attack for two reasons that are hypertension as well as blood sugar.
  • Get Screened: Take an active role with your doctor or primary care is essential and vital. People with high blood pressure and high blood sugar leads to the kidneys being assaulted more.  You should visit your doctor and have a screening done especially if you have some extra weight, family history and are over the age of 50.
Other risk factors for developing CKD include CVD, obesity, elevated cholesterol, medication, gout, and a family history of CKD.  The risk factors for developing CKD increases with age largely because risk factors for kidney disease become more common a one ages.
We appreciate your continued dedication in the prevention to kidney disease. All suggestions and comments are welcome.

Health & Awareness Inc. is in memory of our friend and co-founder Willie Wilson!
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