World Kidney Day Helps Raise Awareness

This year's theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year millions of people die prematurely due to complications from kidney diseases.

Today is World Kidney Day. The health awareness campaign helps raise awareness on kidney disease and what people should be aware of as they age.

This year’s theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity.

Duluth Kidney Services provide care to those with chronic kidney disease. They say it’s important to maintain a healthy diet, keep sugar intake to a minimum, and increase physical activity to help your kidneys stay healthy.

“As you get older your chances of have kidney disease increase just because you are getting older,” said Sandy Popham, a kidney doctor at Duluth Kidney Services. “You lose about 1 % of your kidney function per year after the age of 35. 1 in 4 women over the age of 65, and 1 out of 5 men have kidney disease.”

Doctors say about half of all kidney disease is caused by high blood pressure.

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