I got interested in this event because I’ve lost someone very important to me because of diabetes and almost lost another cuz of heart disease. And as it is, kidney failure is a very bad complication of diabetes.
However, instead of thinking the negative, I chose to think the positive and this is one way how I can help people be aware of the health problems associated with it.
What you can do to make a difference!
- Get tested: If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease, you are at risk. See your doctor and get screened. The National Kidney Foundation offers frequent free kidney health screenings across the country.
- If you are in the US:
- Volunteer: The Foundation welcomes volunteers of all ages and interests. Contact your local NKF office to sign up.
- Join NKF: Thousands of health care professionals, patients, donors, recipients and their families benefit from the educational information, guidance, support and advocacy opportunities provided by the membership in the National Kidney Foundation and participation in the NKF “People Like Us” Take Action Network.
- Support NKF: You can help make a direct or memorial gift, participate in a Kidney Walk or NKF Golf Classic Tournament in your community, donating a vehicle to Kidney Cars, attending a fundraising event, or making the NKF a beneficiary of a planned gift.
And here are some tips to keep both your kidney and heart healthy:
- Don’t smoke.
- Control your blood pressure.
- Eat a proper diet.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Have your physician test you for both heart and kidney disease.