Read a short note from Dr. Alex Rowe on World Kidney Day: 

“World Kidney Day signifies the importance of kidneys and what can happen if they’re not looked after. It is estimated that between 8 and 10 percent of the adult population have some form of kidney damage1, that’s why it’s so important that we help educate people on how to improve kidney health and what symptoms to look out for to prevent kidney disease.”

“This year recognises “Living Well with Kidney Disease”. Together we need to raise awareness around effective symptom management and patient empowerment. Whilst effective measures to prevent kidney disease and its progression are important, patients with kidney disease – including those who depend on dialysis and transplantation –should also feel supported, especially during the pandemic. Kidney diseases can be isolating, so if you know someone who is struggling, make sure they are aware of the resources available to support them. Visit www.gkf.org.uk/prevention.html to access tips on how to prevent and manage kidney disease.” - Dr. Alex Rowe, Associate Medical Director, Europe, UnitedHealthcare Global

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Resources

[1] https://www.worldkidneyday.org/facts/chronic-kidney-disease/