Kidney disease is often referred to as the “silent killer” and often presents no symptoms in its earliest phase. Education, awareness, lifestyle choices, and knowing what can cause kidneys to fail can make a significant difference in preventing kidney disease.
Diabetes is the number one cause of chronic kidney disease, with high blood pressure being the second leading cause; one in three with diabetes and one in five with high blood pressure will develop kidney disease.
In observance of National Kidney Month [March] and World Kidney Day on March 14, below are some resources for you to promote kidney health with beneficiaries, communities and other stakeholders.
Access the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases National Kidney Month Resources
This page includes tools for patients and providers to have an effective conversation about kidneys, such as a flyer, video and key graphics to post on social media. We recommend using #KidneyMonth and @NIDDKgov in your social media outreach.
CDC’s Kidney Disease Initiative (updated December 2018): Surveillance, Public Health Strategies, Provider Tools, Education available at https://www.cdc.gov/kidneydisease/
National Kidney Foundation infographic
Also, don’t forget about Diabetes Alert Day on March 26, 2019, which “is a 1-day wake up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated.”