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National Kidney Month

National Kidney Month is observed during March, but you can be a kidney health champion any time of the year! Here are ways to promote kidney health among your loved ones, patients, and community.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Did you know?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.

Almost half of people starting dialysis have kidney failure caused by diabetes. Diabetes can damage your kidneys. This damage can happen over many years, without you feeling it. But, even if you have diabetes, you can take steps to help keep your kidneys healthy.

6 ways in 60 seconds to share kidney information

  1. An image of a man and woman walking together.

    Learn about keeping your kidneys healthy as you age from NIH SeniorHealth. And share what you learn with your loved ones.

  2. An image of community members at a faith event.

    Share kidney health information with your faith community. Share a brief kidney health message with your congregation.

    View a sample message

    Hi faith family! Your health is important. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, don’t forget to talk with your doctor about kidney disease testing. For more information on kidney disease and its risk factors, visit nkdep.nih.gov.

  3. An imane of two women making a salad.

    Encourage at risk friends and family to get checked for kidney disease, especially those who have diabetes or high blood pressure.

  4. An image of the Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page.

    Connect with the kidney health community. Like the Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page. Providers, follow NKDEP Director Dr. Andrew Narva on Twitter.

  5. A banner including the NKDEP logo with the text Make the Kidney Connection News.

    Subscribe to Make the Kidney Connection News, a monthly newsletter featuring tips for talking about kidney health with your family and faith community.

  6. A screen shot of an email addressed to “John” that provides kidney health information.

    Send an email to a family member or friend who has diabetes or high blood pressure to encourage them to keep their kidneys healthy.

    View a sample email

    Hi [Name],

    I came across some information about kidney health and thought it would be helpful. I recently learned that diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease, and I wanted to make sure you knew, too. Kidney disease is serious. It can cause the kidneys to fail. If the kidneys fail, treatment options such as dialysis or a kidney transplant can help people feel better and live longer. The good news is that there are things we can do to protect our kidneys. If you are at risk for kidney disease, talk to your health care provider about getting tested and about other ways to protect your kidneys and stay healthy. Let’s promise to support each other when it comes to our health.

    For more information about kidney disease, call 1-866-4-KIDNEY (1-866-454-3639) or visit nkdep.nih.gov. Join me online and like the Make the Kidney Connection page on Facebook.


    [Name here]

Looking to do more? Here are more ways you can help improve your and your loved ones’ kidney health!

  1. Host a Kidney Sundays event to educate your faith community about kidney health. NKDEP has a free Kidney Sundays toolkit to help you plan. Learn more about talking with your faith community.

  2. If you have a loved one who speaks Spanish, encourage them to explore our Spanish-language information about kidney disease—especially if they have diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or a family history of kidney failure.

  3. Get smart about kidney disease. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2014 Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet.

  4. If you are planning a family reunion, get a free copy of NKDEP's Family Reunion Guide to help family members make the kidney connection. Learn more about talking with your family.

  5. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or a family history of kidney failure, you may be at risk for kidney disease. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to get your blood and urine checked.

  6. Become an organ donor.

If you’re a health care professional or organization representative:

  1. Educators: create and implement lesson plans for educating patients with chronic kidney disease with NKDEP's online Kidney Disease Education Lesson Builder.

  2. Dietitians: learn more about CKD medical nutrition therapy with NKDEP's CKD Nutrition Management Training Program. You can even earn continuing education credits for the program from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  3. Dietetic Educators: Teach CKD nutrition therapy to your students and interns with challenging case studies.

  4. Primary Care Providers: get information and tools to help you better collaborate with nephrologists and dietitians.

  5. Find answers to common questions about laboratory estimation of glomerular filtration rate and measurement of urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio.

  6. Tell others about NKDEP and its free resources by tailoring these articles for your website or newsletter. Learn more about talking with your organizations.

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