Fewer than 10% realise they have chronic kidney disease

KIDNEY Health Australia's new campaign is asking all Australians to meet their kidneys ahead of the national awareness week starting today.

About 1.7 million Australians have indicators of Chronic Kidney Disease but less than 10% realise they have the condition.

Fifty-six people die with kidney-related disease every day across the nation.

Kidney Health Australia CEO Anne Wilson said this year's campaign aims to introduce Australians to their kidneys and help them to learn how to look after them.

She said the general public needs to be more aware of what their kidneys do and learn about the risk factors and warning signs before it is too late.

"The kidneys are vital organs - just like the heart, brain, or lungs - if they shut down, your body shuts down," she said.

"Prevention and early detection is critical.

"I encourage all Australians, particularly those at increased risk, to speak to their GP or pharmacist about checking the health of their kidneys before it is too late."

For further information visit http://www.kidney.org.au - APN NEWSDESK.



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