PETERBOROUGH-based charity Kidney Research UK is helping spread awareness of kidneys and their vital role in our body for World Kidney Day 2021.
There are three million people in the UK who have kidney disease, yet one million of them don’t even know.
Dr Maria Tennant, head of communications at Kidney Research UK, said:
“Kidneys are the big topic that everyone’s ignoring. We are putting kidneys in the foreground to show that they are something you shouldn’t ignore.
“Kidneys are the unsung heroes inside our bodies. These small organs have a huge role to play in keeping us healthy, acting like a mini washing machine inside us to get rid of toxins.
“When things go wrong, the consequences can be devastating. We want to help people look after their kidneys and to encourage those at risk to get their kidneys checked.”
Linking up around the globe for World Kidney Day
World Kidney Day is today and aims to boost everyone’s awareness of kidneys, the vital role they play and why people get kidney disease. It is backed by the Kidney Charities Together Group in the UK, which includes Kidney Research UK. Charities and patients around the world will be getting involved.
Dr Tenant said:
“Kidneys are an essential part of a healthy body, cleaning our blood every minute of the day.
“A kidney dialysis machine is the size of a large bedside cabinet. Our comparably tiny kidneys do the same job, removing toxins and waste products while controlling blood pressure, helping to produce red blood cells and activating vitamin D, keeping our bones in good shape.”
Although anyone can develop kidney disease, there are some factors that can increase your risk, including:
- Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure are the biggest causes of kidney failure
- People from black, Asian or an ethnic minority background are more likely to progress faster to kidney failure
- Heart and circulatory disease
- Family history of kidney disease
Around 60,000 people in the UK die prematurely every year due to kidney disease, and it is now the 10th most common serious disease in the world, according to figures from the World Health Organisation.
Dr Tennant said:
“It is more important than ever for people to be aware of kidney health.”
To find out if you are at risk of kidney disease, take our online kidney health check: https://kidneyresearchuk.org/kidneyhealthcheck/.
For more information about World Kidney Day in the UK, please visit: www.worldkidneyday.co.uk.