Alarming New Stat for CKD

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

An article just published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases stated that the mortality rate for people on dialysis is higher than some cancer patients. This is particularly troubling to me because 30 million adults in America have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and tens of millions of others are at an increased risk due to having diabetes and/or high blood pressure. I think one of the biggest issues is that so many people are in the dark about this silent killer.

For National Kidney Month, let’s help reverse the rising number of people affected by chronic kidney disease by spreading awareness. We’d also like to highlight our partner, the National Kidney Foundation® (NKF), for their life-saving efforts against CKD. The NKF is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

How Can I “Heart My Kidneys”?

Know the Risks

Health factors such as high cholesterol, obesity, and a family history of kidney disease are all associated with CKD. Other factors are listed here, and I encourage you to learn what they are—knowing the risks is a key to prevention.

Limit Use of OTC Medications

Kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins found in our blood. You may not know that using over-the-counter medications in large quantities may lead to kidney damage. You can help minimize the risk by limiting the use of medications like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. It’s always best to talk to your health care provider to determine which medications are best for you.

Drink Enough Water

Our bodies need water to properly operate—especially our kidneys. The daily recommended amount is 8 glasses a day, but keep in mind, personal water requirement may differ based on your lifestyle.

How Can I Help?

Tell a Friend/Family Member

Currently, 1 in 3 people are at risk for CKD–the more your friends and families know about this disease, the more likely they will be to take action. You can help save lives just by sharing helpful information.

Together, we can help change this statistic for CKD, which is sadly the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Learn more on the National Kidney Foundation’s website: https://www.kidney.org/.