Forgotten No More: March 8 is World Kidney Day
We rarely give them a second thought…unless, of course, nature calls. Then, they – and an available bathroom – are all we think about. When it comes to our health, they tend to take a backseat to the heart, lungs, liver, etc. Yes, even though they are an integral part of the body’s ability to filter, process, and cleanse waste and toxins, and even with their connection to such serious conditions as diabetes and high blood pressure, we tend to ignore them. And if they fail? Well, then it’s trips to the hospital for dialysis, or even more concerning, a place on the waiting list for a transplant.
How Important Are Our Kidneys?
Our kidneys are indeed an important part of our overall physicality. An estimated 31 million people in the US suffer from some form of chronic kidney disease and it’s the ninth cause of death in the country. As said before, most of us barely give these vital organs a second thought. They are part of our daily function, but we don’t recognize the damage we may be doing to them. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find someone other than a current sufferer who can explain what chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is…
What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
In general, there are five stages of CKD, the first few stages lack a distinct set of symptoms or warning signs. In fact, most people who aren’t currently under a doctor’s care don’t know if they are in Stages 1, 2, or 3. These phases do their damage without alerting the person to potential danger. By the time you get to Stage 4, you are in trouble. You are experiencing complications such as anemia, high blood pressure, and increased levels of phosphorous, calcium, and Vitamin D.
By Stage 5, you will be heading to the hospital for treatments while combating fatigue, nausea, vomiting, swelling of the hands/legs/eyes/back and shortness of breath. It’s important to note that CKD is incurable. It can be treated, but without a transplant, there is no return to “normalcy.” It becomes a matter of medical maintenance. Your body can’t process waste and toxic material without your kidneys. Yes, you can live with only one, but if you don’t have to, you shouldn’t have to.
World Kidney Day
With this in mind, it’s important to note that March 8 is World Kidney Day. World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at helping people around the planet recognize and appreciate the importance of their kidneys. Worldwide, the chronic condition affects one in ten, and with a population of 7.6 billion, that’s alarming. On the 8th, there will be opportunities to participate in rallies, free screenings, and the distribution of important information. Learn more about events throughout the year at www.worldkidneyday.org.
To say kidney disease is a silent killer is an understatement. Remember, you could be in one of the first few stages of CKD and not even know it. Knowledge is power, and Benzer Pharmacy wants to equip you with as much information on the condition as possible. It’s just one of the many reasons Benzer Pharmacy is changing the way people get their medication – and medical advice.
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