Twenty-six million Americans-more than the entire population of New York state-suffer from chronic kidney disease. And another 20 million are at increased risk - yet, many may not know it.
In observation of Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, Aug. 11-15, Fresenius Medical Care North America reminds people to look for symptoms that might be an indication of kidney disease.
"With so many people already diagnosed with conditions that can lead to kidney disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, educating the community is more important than ever," says Joseph Pulliam, M.D., a nephrologist (kidney specialist) at Fresenius Medical Care. "Unfortunately, far too many people don't recognize the warning signs until it's too late."
10 Symptoms of Kidney Disease
- Changes in urination
- Swelling of face, hands, and/or feet
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Headache, feeling dizzy
- Having trouble thinking clearly
- Severe itching not related to a bite or rash
- Shortness of breath, or feeling that you can't catch your breath
- Loss of appetite, or change in the way foods taste
- High blood pressure
Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week is sponsored annually by the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) as a way to educate policy makers about the needs of patients suffering from, or at risk for, end stage renal disease.
"Early detection and treatment are the best tools for slowing or halting the progression of kidney disease," says ANNA President Sue Cary, M.N., A.P.R.N., N.P., C.N.N. "During Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, we are trying to make policy makers and the general public more aware of kidney disease, treatment options, and related legislative issues."
To learn more about general kidney health or to find a TOP session near you, please visit http://www.ultracare-dialysis.com (in English and Spanish).
You can find out more about kidney disease by reading our article What Is Chronic Kidney Failure? What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease?.