This week is Kidney Health Week, which is a national, community event. The aim of the campaign is to create awareness about maintaining kidney health, as well as kidney disease and its impact.
Doctors and staff from various Eastbrooke Medical Centres including Carlton, Clovelly, Blacktown and Belmont “turned red” to support and promote kidney health. One Australian dies with kidney related disease every 25 minutes – that’s 16 times greater than the road toll!
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is known as a silent killer, as an estimated 1.7 million Australian adults have signs of it and most don’t know. People can lose up to 90% of kidney function without being aware as there can be no warning signs.*
Deborah Ferreira, Marketing and Communications Manager for Eastbrooke Medical Centres commented “Everyone made such a great effort – it’s very important for us to build awareness to our patients about this disease, and to inform them about the specific risk factors that are involved. Thank you to everyone who participated and generously donated.”
It’s important to note that early detection and effective management can halt chronic kidney disease or slow progression by as much as 50% – so ensure that you ask your GP for a kidney check today.