Kidney Health Week

It's Kidney Health Week and the theme is obesity.  Kidneys filter waste products from the blood. They also have to do with regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance and red blood cell production. Symptoms of kidney failure may not be noticeable. There are numerous causes of kidney failure and depending on the situation may be irreversible.  



More than 650,000 patients per year in the United States and an estimated 2 million patients worldwide are affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD is increasing in the United States by 5% per year. The need for donor kidneys in the United States is rising at 8% per year. Some of the warning signs of kidney disease are: high blood pressure, blood and/or protein in the urine, a BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) test outside the normal range, GFR (glomerular filtration rate) less than .60, frequent urination, puffiness around the eyes and swelling of the hands or feet. The treatment options for kidney failure are hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or kidney transplantation. Kidney transplants have a high success rate. The kidney could come from basically anyone who matches the recipient and is in need of the kidney.  





Other kidney diseases can be treated successfully without having to resort to dialysis or transplant.  The most at risk for kidney disease are those who are older, have diabetes, high blood pressure, have a family member already diagnosed with kidney disease, and a member of African-American, Hispanic American, Asian America, Pacific Islander or American Indian. 




One way to get involved with lifesaving programs that educate and support patients and their families is to participate in the Kidney Walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation.  More than .80 cents of every dollar goes to directly support programs and services for those in need of the National Kidney Foundation. 




Another way to get involved in National Kidney Week is by supporting NTI. NTI helps Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans back into the workplace. Over the years, NTI has supported those with Kidney problems back into the workplace. If you know of someone who is on SSI or SSDI and looking for telecommuting work, NTI can help.  Have them visit our site here. https://goo.gl/LbrWy1

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About the Author

This article was written by NTI's eMentor, Billie Lynn Holt.  Billie has been a valuable asset in guiding candidates through NTI's process from the point of registration to hiring.  She was born into a military family in Germany, enjoys traveling and learning about the world. Billie has 4 children and 1 grandchild whom she adores  She loves music, people, art, sports, and working out. Staying positive is the best advice she can give.

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