March 8, 2018

Today is World Kidney Day!

March 8, 2018 is World Kidney Day. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care. As the incidence of kidney disease escalates, World Kidney Day plays a crucial role in educating the public, the medical community and governments and encouraging prevention and early detection of kidney disease.

CKD is a worldwide public health problem with adverse outcomes of kidney failure and premature death. CKD affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with close to 600,000 deaths each year.

World Kidney Day Objectives

• Raise awareness about our “amazing kidneys”. • Encourage screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD. • Encourage preventive behaviours. • Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations. • Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. • Encourage transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.

The Founders

World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). ISN is a not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world. IFKF is a not-for-profit federation that advocates worldwide to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease and promotes kidney disease research.

Kidneys and Women's Health

Kidneys & Women’s Health

• Chronic Kidney Disease affects approximately 195 million #women worldwide. #WorldKidneyDay

• Chronic Kidney Disease is more likely to develop in #women compared to men, with an average 14% prevalence in women and 12% in men. #BeAware #WorldKidneyDay

• Chronic Kidney Disease is the 8th leading cause of death in #women causing more than 600,000 female deaths a year #WorldKidneyDay

• Some kidney diseases, such as #lupus nephropathy or kidney infection (acute or chronic pyelonephritis) typically affect #women. #WorldKidneyDay

• The prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease is rising and may affect 3% of #women in their childbearing years - #prevention #WorldKidneyDay

• #Women who have Chronic Kidney Disease are at increased risk of negative health outcomes for the mother and the baby. #BeAware

• #Pregnancy-related complications increase the risk of kidney disease – #women who have #preeclampsia are 4-to-5 times more likely to develop kidney failure #BeAware #WorldKidneyDay

• Intensive dialysis can increase chances of successful pregnancy in #women with CKD #WorldKidneyDay

• In #women who have received successful kidney transplants, fertility can be restored and pregnancyassociated complications are much improved. #WorldKidneyDay

• While #women tend more often to #donate organs, they are less likely to receive them. Kidneys are no exception. #WorldKidneyDay

• Education of #women protects both their health and their children's health. #WorldKidneyDay

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