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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time and has steadily been on the rise. According to recent research, the past decade has also seen a sharp increase in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), or an abrupt decrease in kidney function.
In the U.S., AKI is one of the most serious and common health complications, occurring in up to 20% of all hospitalized patients and over 45% of patients in a critical care setting. AKI often occurs in unsuspecting people with no history of kidney disease and can be caused by the following:
During National Kidney Month in March and in honor of World Kidney Day, on March 14, the National Kidney Foundation offers 5 tips for preventing AKI:
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
For more information about AKI, kidney disease and World Kidney Day activities, including free screenings across the country, visit www.kidney.org.