National Kidney Month 2022

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March is National Kidney Month! Join us as we raise awareness and focus on building paths to better kidney care.

Did you know? 37 million people in the United States are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD). As many as 9 in 10 people are not aware that they have CKD. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure you are at higher risk for developing kidney disease.

NIDDK is building paths to better kidney care

NIDDK research is changing the ways we understand, treat, and prevent kidney diseases. Researchers are looking beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to provide better kidney care by identifying new treatments targeted to each person’s disease type, environment, and lifestyle. Learn more about NIDDK’s kidney disease research.

Build your path to better kidney care

Three ways you can build your personalized path to better kidney care:

  • Be an active participant in your care. Work with your health care team to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle, mobility, health status, and dietary needs.
  • Follow your care plan. Take medicine as prescribed and stay up to date on vaccines. The COVID-19 and flu vaccines are especially important for people with kidney disease, who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 or the flu.
  • Build a kidney healthy lifestyle. Try to incorporate healthy habits into your daily schedule. This can include healthy foods and beverages you enjoy, physical activity like walking or taking the stairs to help you stay active and manage your weight, or a sleep routine that helps you get enough rest.

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This content is provided as a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The NIDDK translates and disseminates research findings to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals, and the public. Content produced by the NIDDK is carefully reviewed by NIDDK scientists and other experts.