What is CKD?
Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD is a condition that causes gradual loss of kidney functions over time and therefore limits a person’s ability to do normal activity. The kidneys are important organs in the body that filters wastes and excess fluids from the body that is excreted as urine. Those that have CKD are unable to filter waste from their body causing excess fluids and waste in their body. Decreasing function of kidneys can lead to other complications for example hypertension (high blood pressure), anemia, weak bones, swelling in arms and legs, weak immune system and poor nutritional health. It also increases a person’s risk of developing heart and blood vessel disease. CKD is caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, glomerulonephritis (an inflammation of the kidney’s filtering units) and other disorders such as inherited polycystic kidney disease and abnormalities from birth. Sadly these manifestations are often irreversible and the progression that leads to dialysis, transplant or even death with significant morbidity and financial cost are often unavoided. Early diagnosis and prevention are key as the disease if most often silent. One key to improving outcomes is education and awareness of the general population and patients. Besides medical management, lifestyle modifications have shown to have significant impact on diagnosis and progression of kidney disease. Please help us fight kidney disease by getting involved and spreading our message.
Where We Need Help
Research is key in understanding new ways of preventing and treating those with CKD. With funds raised through this website and other GKH outreach, we invest in the research departments that focus on education, cutting edge technologies and medicine to treat and potentially cure kidney disease, prevention techniques, global awareness, new diet ideas that are more fit for a realistic lifestyle, advancement in treatment modalities, and an emphasis on treating the causes of kidney disease at the source i.e. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Polycystic Kidney Disease. Awareness and education is one of our best tools and we use it to help people understand the facts on prevention and treatment of progressive kidney disease.
"31 million people are currently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. 26 million Americans have un-diagnosed kidney disease."
You Can Help!
Share our message! The more people who visit our website and learn about kidney disease and its causes and signs, the more lives we will save. Kidney disease is a SILENT KILLER because it can go completely undetected. Help us save lives by spreading this message and joining our mission.