Kidney Health Week, which runs from 22-28 May, this year is using the theme of ‘I Kidney Check’ to encourage Australians to care about their own kidney health.
Activities include encouraging people to have blood pressure checks, an area in which community pharmacies can play an active role.
Kidney Health Australia says chronic kidney disease is known as the Silent Killer as an estimated 1.7 million Australian adults have signs of it and most don’t know.
People can lose up to 90 per cent of kidney function without being aware as there can be no warning signs and one Australian dies with kidney-related disease every 25 minutes.
In addition, people with chronic kidney disease have a two to three-fold greater risk of dying from cardiac death than people without the disease. For people with chronic kidney disease, the risk of dying from cardiovascular events is 20 times greater than the risk of requiring dialysis or transplantation.
However, early detection and effective management can halt chronic kidney disease or slow progression by as much as 50 per cent and Kidney Health Week promotes checks to help early detection.
For more details visit the Kidney Health Week website.