Kidney disease is more common than you may think and can affect anyone, in many cases there is no cure.
In the UK over 30 000 patients receive dialysis treatment to stay alive with 7,000 people on the waiting list for a Kidney transplant. The average wait time is in excess of 1,000 days.
At least one person from the transplant list dies every day waiting for a kidney to be donated.
Two million people suffer from the early stage of chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), but most are unaware that they even have a problem with their kidneys.
The facts are staggering with around 60 000 people with end stage renal failure.
There are over 3,000 kidney transplants carried out per year but there are not enough.
There are some ways you can keep yourself at a lower risk of having kidney disease.
- Reduce the salt in your daily diet.
- Keep your weight under control
- Check your blood pressure
- Keep check of your blood glucose levels
Lesley Petchey of the Royal London Kidney Patients Association was in the foyer recently for world kidney day in March. He was with other colleagues to help advise the public how to try and stay free from kidney disease. He said; “I have been involved with the association for 3 years.”
For more information www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk