The Western NSW Local Health District is supporting Kidney Health Australia’s national awareness campaign during Kidney Health Week (May 26-June 2) by encouraging everyone to learn whether they are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease.
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are overweight, smoke and have established heart problems, you could become one in every three Australians at increased risk of kidney disease.
As part of a national awareness campaign that focuses on early detection of kidney disease, people are being urged to learn about the risk factors of kidney disease, and log onto www.checkmykidneys.com.au to take the kidney health check.
“There is no cure for kidney disease, but if detected early, it many cases it could be treated and well-managed,” said Acting Nurse Unit Manager of the Orange Renal Services Unit, Matthew McGrath.
To celebrate Kidney Health Week and raise awareness, staff from the renal units will be wearing red shirts and putting up red balloons and issuing flyers to help remind people to take the kidney health check.
Kidney Health Australia says Chronic Kidney Disease is the fastest growing chronic disease in the world. It is a silent killer that can affect 90 per cent of a person’s kidney function before they even realise they are suffering from the disease.
Mr McGrath says he hopes Kidney Health Week will prompt local residents who are at-risk to make an appointment to see a GP and get a kidney health check.
“Prevention of kidney disease is the best cure. Understanding your risk and making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way to maintaining wellness,” he said.
For more information about Kidney Health Australia go online at www.kidney.org.au or call 1800 454 363 (1800 4 KIDNEY).
Melissa Hamling 6369 3833 / 0417 511 738
Kate Hennessy 6369 3287 / 0417 280 903