World Kidney Day History
World Kidney Day seeks to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health, and inform the world about ways to prevent kidney disease. This observation originated in 2006. It is observed on the second Thursday in March each year.
Facts about World Kidney Day
- The theme of World Kidney Day in 2014 is Chronic Kidney Disease.
- 1 in 10 Americans will be affected by Kidney Disease.
- Smoking increases the risk of developing kidney disease by 50%.
- Chronic Kidney Disease is incurable and will required life-long treatment.
- The cumulative global cost for dialysis and transplantation over the next decade is predicted to exceed US $1 trillion.
- Kidneys play an important function in the human body by removing toxic substances and excess water from the blood stream. This in turn effects blood pressure and chemical balance of the body.
World Kidney Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Attend a World Kidney Day Event - see here for a United States Event Map.
- Drink plenty of water - 6 to 8 cups daily.
- Stop smoking. Smoking reduces the flow of blood to the kidneys, which in turn causes them to operate inefficiently. Smoking also increases the risk of developing kidney cancer by 50%.
- Limit your consumption of over-the-counter pills such as Ibuprofen which can cause damage to your kidneys.
- Get your kidney function checked if you are in a 'high risk' category.