Did you know that over 100,000 of the 123,000 candidates waiting on an organ are waiting on a kidney transplant (based on OPTN data as of March 6, 2015)? That’s roughly 80% of the waiting list transplant candidates!
Photo: Did you know blueberries have been thought to be one of the "kidney superfoods"?
Kidneys are essential to our overall health and well being, as their primary function is to remove waste from our bodies. Additionally they help regulate our blood pressure, blood volume, and the chemical composition of our blood.
World Kidney Day, which started in 2006 with the participation of 66 countries, is a globally recognized health awareness campaign that focuses on the importance of the kidneys to our overall health in an effort to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and it’s associated health problems, worldwide.
Did You Know...
- One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease
- 26 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease
- 12 people die every day waiting on a kidney
- Kidney disease often has no symptoms
- Once kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant is required
See more facts here.
With March being National Kidney Month, it’s the perfect time to take action for your kidneys!
- Find a screening near you
- Join the 31 Days of PKD Challenges
- Get the facts and learn how to keep your kidneys healthy with “8 Golden Rules” (check out the video from World Kidney Day, below)
1. Stay fit and active
2. Maintain regular control of your blood sugar level
3. Monitor your blood pressure
4. Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
5. Maintain a healthy fluid intake
6. Don’t smoke
7. Don’t take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis
8. Get checked if you have any “high risk” factors
Stories of Hope
We’re honored to have shared so many stories of hope from kidney recipients, and kidney donors. Check them out!
- Kim’s Story: How Do I Pray for an Organ? - Thoughts From a Kidney Recipient
- Jun & Tresha’s Story: From Friends to Family - A Mother’s Life Saving Gift
- Jill’s Story: A Living Kidney Donor’s Roller Coaster of Hope
- Cheryl & Stephanie’s Story: Donor Mom’s Practice What They Preach
- Valen’s Story: From Fighting to Survive to Living Filled with Purpose
- Mike’s Story: Being an Altruistic Living Donor - Like Holding a Stranger’s Winning Lottery Ticket