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March is Kidney Month: What You May Not Know About Kidney Disease May Hurt You!

Omaha, March 1, 2014 - Right now, in Nebraska, nearly 1,600 of our friends, family and neighbors are on dialysis; and over 300,000 either have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing kidney disease, many of whom will not know until they are days away from dialysis.

The Nebraska Kidney Association wants you to know, since March is National Kidney Month, that there are two main causes of kidney disease. They are hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes; but those with a family history of either or a family history of kidney disease are especially at risk.

Most people know that the kidneys rid the body of waste materials, but may not know that if the kidneys are not functioning as they should, no other organ in your body can work properly. Get to know your kidneys; what you don't know may hurt you!

* Kidneys are responsible for balancing the body's fluids;

* Kidneys release hormones which regulate blood pressure;

* Kidneys synthesize vitamins which control growth;

* Kidneys control the production of red blood cells.

The warning signs of kidney disease are somewhat common and often ignored:

* Loss of appetite;

* Nausea;

* Fatigue;

* Swollen ankles or feet;

* More frequent urination.

The more obvious symptoms, such as numbness in the hands or feet or severe joint pain normally do not arise until kidney function has fallen to less than 25% and irreversible damage has occurred.

The mission of the Nebraska Kidney Association is to improve the lives of all Nebraskans through advocacy, education, early disease detection and patient services. Even if you have no symptoms, get screened if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of either or a family history of kidney disease. The Nebraska Kidney Association has been serving Nebraskans since 1969. The monies raised stay here to help Nebraskans who have kidney disease. In 2014, the Nebraska Kidney Association will offer 13 free early disease detection screenings throughout the state. To learn more about these screenings, the warning signs of kidney disease, testing and treatment visit


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