World Kidney Day: Empower, Fight, & Honor
World Kidney Day is March 8th
In celebration of Kidney Month this March, the American Kidney Fund is focusing its efforts to empower, fight for and honor women affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Taking the focus of this year’s World Kidney Day, which falls on March 8—International Women’s Day—and extending it in a month-long effort to raise awareness that kidney disease affects women differently and at a greater rate than it does men.
Thirty million Americans battle Chronic Kidney Disease. While there are treatments, CKD may lead to kidney failure, in which dialysis and/or a kidney transplant may be required. However, the average wait time for a kidney is 3 to 5 years from a deceased donor – which makes adherence to all pre- and post-operative instructions of utmost importance. With an unacceptably high rate of kidney failure among long-term (10-year) kidney transplant recipients attributed to medication non-adherence, finding and implementing strategies to engage patients in their care is necessary for reducing the number of lost kidneys and the associated morbidity, mortality, and health care costs.
Medicine-On-Time’s turn-key solution simplifies medication management, reduces costs associated with low persistence, and decreases adverse outcomes in patients before and after an organ transplant. By supplying an organized schedule of required medications in correct quantities and with accurate dosing times, Medicine-On-Time’s proven adherence solutions help optimize patient quality of life and decrease the risk of hospital readmission.
Besides maintaining adherence on any healthcare and medication plan, preventative care is necessary for early detection and maintenance of more progressed symptoms. The best way to start is often the best ways to stay healthy in general:
- Keep fit and active
- Keep regular control of blood sugar levels
- Monitor blood pressure
- Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
- Maintain a healthy fluid intake
- Do not smoke tobacco
- Do not take over-the-counter pills or herbal medications on a regular basis
- Have your kidney function checked if you have one or more of the “high-risk” factors: Diabetes, High blood pressure, Obesity, Family history of kidney disease, or if you are of African, Asian or Aboriginal origin.
In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, one may have few signs or symptoms, which means that CKD may not become apparent until kidney function is significantly impaired. Together, we can all bring awareness to the fight of CKD of all stages. In the end, though, whether you just want to lower your chances of developing CKD or you are facing a transplant, a healthy lifestyle goes a long way.