One in 10 British Columbians have some level of kidney disease, yet most don’t even know it. Often referred to as a silent killer, kidney disease is not easily detected in the early stages, leaving many to find out when their kidneys have already begun to fail and they are facing the prospect of dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.
Today, March 12, is World Kidney Day, and throughout Kidney Health Awareness Month, the BC Renal Agency and The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch, are working to raise awareness and empower people to assess their risk for kidney disease.
Are you at risk? Key risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Family history of kidney disease
- Belonging to a high-risk ethnic group such as Aboriginal, Pacific-Islanders, Asian or African
The BC Renal Agency has developed a quick and easy online assessment individuals can do to determine their risk and find out if they should see their doctor for additional testing: www.kidneysmart.com.
During the month of March, people who complete the online assessment can enter into a contest for the chance to win a Brondell countertop water filtration system (value $225 CAD).
For more information about kidney disease risk factors, disease prevention, diet and more, please visit the Kidney Smart campaign page.
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