Today March 10th 2016 is #WorldKidneyDay, a global health awareness campaign that seeks to engage the world’s populations about the significance of taking good care of their kidneys in order to reverse the trend of kidney diseases and related health problems.
This day was first celebrated in 2006 with the intention of raising awareness about preventable yet treatable kidney disorders and is the result of the inventiveness of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The theme this year is “Kidney Disease & Children- Act early to prevent it!” and the global campaign’s “Move Your Feet 4 World Kidney Day” central message is to encourage all persons worldwide to remain active maintaining a daily minimum physical activity level in order to maintain good kidney health. It advocates observance of 8-golden rules to keep our kidneys healthy.
I had to take the kidney quiz in order to understand and appreciate the work that these twin fist-size, bean shape organs do in my body and what I needed to do to have them fully operational for a lifetime. The kidney disease check also provides an analysis of an individual’s riskiness of developing kidney disease.
Being a firm believer in preventive health and the fact that kidney disease is a slow silent killer that shows no symptoms until it is in its final stages, I appeal to you to take personal responsibility in getting your kidney function tests done annually to facilitate early detection or confirm the soundness of your kidneys. The timely discovery of a kidney disorder can result in either stoppage or slow advancement of kidney disease. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.