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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. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means your immune system, which normally protects you, attacks your own tissues and organs.

    Did you know that lupus nephritis—kidney damage caused by lupus—runs in families? This month, join NKDEP and NIAMS in raising awareness of lupus and lupus nephritis by sharing this information 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 Dr. Andrew Narva's Twitter page

    Connect with NIDDK’s health community. Like the NIDDKgov Facebook page. Providers, follow NKDEP Director Dr. Andrew Narva on Twitter.

  5. 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 1-800-860-8747 or visit nkdep.nih.gov. Join me online and like the NIDDKgov Facebook page.

    Sincerely,

    [Name here]

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    Looking for more information on how to keep your kidneys healthy? Subscribe to NIDDK’s Health Information Newsletter..

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. Watch this video on Hosting a Kidney Sundays Event and learn more about talking with your faith community.

  2. Learn about the Kidney Sundays 2017 focus—lupus nephritis—and its impact on the African American community. NKDEP and NIAMS have partnered to provide you with information on Living with Lupus and outreach materials.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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, like the Making Sense of CKD in Primary Care guide, to help you manage adult CKD patients.

  5. Community Health Workers: educate Hispanics at risk for kidney disease about the need for testing with the Riñones, Tesoros (Kidneys, Treasures) toolkit.

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

  7. 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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