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Kasia Michalik

Renal Business Today managing editor Kasia Michalik is a graduate of Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She joined Virgo Publishing in March 2012.

Protect Your Kidneys, Celebrate National Kidney Month

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When I think of March I think of green because of St. Patrick's Day, March Madness because I am a basketball fan, and warmer weather because spring is around the corner. I'm sure a lot of you think of at least one of those things, but did you know that March is National Kidney Month and March 14 is World Kidney Day?  

This year, World Kidney Day is focusing on acute kidney injury (AKI). World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has been growing rapidly over the last seven years. To learn about World Kidney Day or get involved long onto their website.

Kidneys are an important organ in our body. Without them one cannot function. The kidneys job is to balance fluid, regulate salt, potassium and acid and filter waste out of the blood daily. Currently, more than 26 million Americans have kidney disease and majority of those who have it don't  know it because there really aren't any symptoms until it's too late.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF)—along with many other organizations around the country—is advocating prevention by offering screenings during the month of March. To find a location and information on free screenings through the NKF log onto www.kidney.org

Do you have diabetes or high blood pressure? Has anyone in your family suffered from kidney disease? If so make sure to get checked for early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). A simple blood draw for a  glomerular filtration rate (GFR) or creatinine level is all that is needed to determine how your kidneys are functioning.  You can prevent being tied down to a machine or waiting for a kidney transplant by changing your diet, checking in with your primary care physician yearly and staying active.

Kidney disease is no laughing matter. Take matters into your own hands and fight this rapidly growing and concerning disease.

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