Are You At Risk For The Silent Disease?
Take This Quiz to Find Out
You know when you have a headache, sore throat, a cold or the flu, but do you know if you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? CKD is a potentially fatal condition that's often called "the silent disease" because it frequently isn’t detected until it has reached the later stages.
March is Kidney Month, the perfect time to take this test from the Nebraska Kidney Association (NKA).
• Do you have diabetes?
• Do you have high blood pressure or heart disease?
• Do you have a family history of chronic kidney disease?
• Are you 60 years of age or older?
• Is your ethnic background African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, you are at risk for CKD, or perhaps you already have it.
One in six Nebraskans either has or is at risk for developing CKD, but many don't know it. Are you the one? Attend one of the Nebraska Kidney Association’s free screenings to find out. Visit our website www.kidneyne.org for further details and for future screenings.”
The leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes increases pressure inside the kidney's filters. Over a period of time, this pressure damages the filters, which then leak protein into the urine. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is an increase of the pressure of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels. If left untreated, hypertension can lead to CKD, heart attacks and strokes.
Other symptoms of CKD include:
• fatigue, a loss of energy
• poor appetite,
• difficulty sleeping
• dry, itchy skin
• muscle cramping at night
• swollen feet and ankles
• puffiness around the eyes, particularly in the morning
• the need to urinate more often, especially at night
• unexpected weight loss or gain
Still unsure? Ask your doctor for tests, including blood and urine tests that can determine how your kidneys are functioning, or attend a screening. If left unchecked, CKD can lead to cardiovascular disease, among other serious health problems, as well as kidney failure. It can even be fatal.
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