National Kidney Awareness

March marks National Kidney Month. Kidneys have the big job of keeping our blood clean by removing waste products and excess fluid from the body. They also produce hormone that stimulates red blood cell production affecting other vital organs — some of these hormones help to regulate blood pressure and control calcium metabolism.

According to the Centers For Disease and Control, chronic Kidney disease affected, “more than 45,000 people in 2011. More than 20 million (>10%) of U.S. adults have chronic kidney disease and most of them are not aware of their condition.” That’s why it’s so important to have routine check-ups.

KidneysFrom the Mayo Clinic, here are 9-Warning signs that may point to acute kidney failure:

  • Decreased urine output, although occasionally urine output remains normal
  • Fluid retention, causing swelling in your legs, ankles or feet
  • Drowsiness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Seizures or coma in severe cases
  • Chest pain or pressure

Sometimes acute kidney failure causes no signs or symptoms and is detected through lab tests done for another reason. Speak with our Pharmacists to learn more about preventing kidney disease.

During the month of March you can find lots more information online about the kidneys’ function, kidney diseases and how to best keep your kidneys healthy. Follow the link to the official National Kidney Foundation by clicking here.

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