Did you know that this month of March is National Kidney Month? Are you or someone you love affected by kidney failure? Could you be at risk of kidney failure?

What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? Means your kidneys can’t filter extra water and wastes out of your blood causing wastes to build up in your body and have trouble in your urine.

The most common factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure, and being over the age of 60. A blood test or urine test could help you detect your kidney function. Because kidney disease can go unnoticed until it’s very advanced, 90% of those with kidney disease are not even aware they have it.

The following are some symptoms of advanced CKD:

  • Chest pain
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling tired
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Increased or decreased urination
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sleeping problems

This month we want to encourage you to get a urine/blood test to see how well your kidneys are functioning.