National Kidney Month 2024

  • March 15, 2024

In recognition of National Kidney Month this March, Whittier invites you to learn about your kidney health.  The Kidney are two bean shaped a vital organs located in your lower back.   Kidneys filter waste from your blood out of your body.  Kidneys are crucial for maintaining healthy blood pressure and healthy bones.

Some basic facts related to National Kidney Health are:

·         Kidney disease impacts 1 in 7 American.

·         37 million Americans are living with kidney disease and millions more are at risk.

·         9 out of 10 people with kidney disease are unaware they have it.

·         Diabetes and high blood pressure account for 3 out of 4 of all new cases of kidney disease.

Source: American Kidney Fund

Although we need at least one functioning kidney in order to keep your body working, it is important to keep both as healthy as possible. There is no cure for chronic kidney disease however there are steps that can be taken to prevent it. To prevent chronic kidney disease:

·         Get a blood test and a urine test to know how well your kidneys are working

·         Follow a kidney-friendly eating plan

·         Aim to be active 30 minutes a day for most days of the week

·         Talk to your doctor about prevention, treatment and management

The only way to know if you have kidney disease is through a blood and urine test. The Laboratory Department at Whittier Street Health Center offers onsite testing and oversees the point of care testing in clinical areas.  The Laboratory Department team include phlebotomists, medical technologists, and Clinical Pathologists from diverse backgrounds. Be kind to the kidney, and it will save you later!

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