Sim­ple kid­ney test may save your life

You can never over­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of hav­ing healthy kid­neys

Central and North Burnett Times - - GUARDIAN -

GAYN­DAH and Mun­dub­bera Guardian phar­ma­cies are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to look af­ter their own kid­ney health as part of this week’s na­tional Kid­ney Health Week. Chronic kid­ney dis­ease is a sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing pub­lic health is­sue, re­spon­si­ble for a sub­stan­tial bur­den of ill­ness and pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity. One in three Aus­tralians is at an in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing chronic kid­ney dis­ease. Phar­ma­cist Gra­ham Rowles is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant with their kid­ney health. “The role of kid­neys is of­ten an un­der­rated one when we think about our health,” Mr Rowles said. One Aus­tralian dies with kid­ney-re­lated dis­ease ev­ery 25 min­utes – that’s 16 times the road toll – and kid­ney dis­ease can af­fect any­one. Peo­ple with kid­ney dis­ease might ex­pe­ri­ence com­mon symp­toms such as fa­tigue, headaches, nau­sea, short­ness of breath, high blood pres­sure, puffi­ness (around the legs, an­kles and eyes) and need to pass urine more fre­quently at night. Adult Aus­tralians are at an in­creased risk of chronic kid­ney dis­ease if they have di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, es­tab­lished heart prob­lems, have had a stroke or a fam­ily his­tory of kid­ney fail­ure, to name a few. Kid­ney Check is a sim­ple test you can do at home, with one of the first signs of kid­ney dam­age be­ing pro­tein in your urine. “You can lose up to 90% of kid­ney func­tion with­out be­ing aware, as there can be no warn­ing signs,” Mr Rowles said. If you think you might be at risk of kid­ney dis­ease, speak to your Guardian phar­ma­cist for a Kid­ney Check screen­ing test de­vel­oped by Kid­ney Health Aus­tralia to take home.

VI­TAL: Kid­ney Check is a quick and easy process to test kid­ney health.

HEALTH CHECK: Phar­ma­cist Gra­ham Rowles can help with your phar­macy health­care needs.

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