February 2022 |
Many Manitobans don’t know much about their kidneys – or that they may have kidney disease. Kidneys can lose 80 per cent of their function before any symptoms of kidney disease are felt.
With March being Kidney Health Month in Canada and World Kidney Day happening on March 10, it’s a great time to talk about the importance of early diagnosis of kidney disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease may help delay or prevent kidney failure. When a person has kidney failure, life-sustaining dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to stay alive. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important Manitobans don’t delay their regular doctor checkups. Be sure to ask about getting your kidneys checked in routine blood and urine tests.
It’s time to get to know your kidneys.
Visit our campaign website: www.knowyourkidneys.ca to take a kidney quiz and complete the risk checklist.
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Check out these facts:
What do Kidneys Do?
Kidneys help your body get rid of stuff it doesn’t need like extra fluid, waste or minerals. They also help control blood pressure, balance chemicals in the body and build red blood cells. Learn more about all the kidneys’ important jobs.
What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease is irreversible damage to the kidneys. Damaged kidneys usually continue to lose more function as time goes on. When kidneys stop working your body can’t get rid of all that stuff it doesn’t need and this can make you feel very sick. Learn more about chronic kidney disease.
How do you know if you have kidney disease?
The best way to find out how your kidneys are doing is visiting a doctor or nurse for a blood and urine test. Those test results will show how well your kidneys are working. You will not show signs of chronic kidney disease until a lot of your kidney function is already gone. This is why getting a routine check up is so important.
How is kidney disease treated?
Without treatment, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure which can cause death. Here is how kidney disease or kidney failure is treated:
Stages 1 – 5 Kidney Disease:
In addition to all the other mentioned treatments, a person would now need to choose:
What can you do to keep your kidneys healthy?
Visit knowyourkidneys.ca to take a kidney quiz and use the risk checklist. It’s time to get to know your kidneys.
 Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian Organ Replacement Registry 2019
 Care of Manitobans Living with Chronic Kidney Disease. Winnipeg, MB. Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, December 2015.
 Manitoba has the Highest Rates of Kidney Disease in Canada
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