World Kidney Day - The second Thursday in March
Kidney Day was created in 2006 as a joint initiative between the International Association of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). Kidney Day is designed to be a campaign to raise awareness of kidney health. Currently, it is excellent in close to 100 countries around the world.
The purpose of Kidney Day is to raise awareness of kidney-related diseases and the overall importance of the kidneys to our health. Another goal is to emphasize disease prevention, in an attempt to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and related health problems, on a global scale.
When is International Kidney Day coming out in the coming years?
2021- March 11
2022- March 10
2023- March 9
2024- March 14
2025- March 13
What are the important signs to pay attention to that indicate a kidney problem?
Itching and dryness of the skin - One of the functions of the kidneys is to strengthen the bones and maintain a balanced level of minerals in the bloodstream. If your skin is suddenly dry and itchy, it may indicate bone disease that is sometimes a manifestation of kidney disease. This is due to the fact that the kidneys are unable to maintain a balance between the minerals in the body, especially calcium and phosphorus.
Fatigue and lack of energy - Feeling tired and lacking in energy can have many causes, but one of them is a decrease in kidney function that leads to the accumulation of fluids and toxins in the bloodstream. Chronic kidney disease can also cause anemia which is also manifested in fatigue and weakness.
Urine foam - Kidney failure can cause the accumulation of proteins in the urine. This can be manifested in the foam that appears in the urine. If it does not disappear after flushing the toilet, it could indicate that the kidneys are not filtering a protein called albumin and therefore it reaches the urine. If a urine test reveals that you have albumin in your urine, it could indicate a kidney problem.
Swelling of the ankles and feet - Decreased kidney function can cause excess fluid in the body which can manifest itself in swelling of the face, abdomen, feet and ankles. The swelling was caused because of the difficulty of the kidneys in removing the sodium from the bloodstream.
Difficulty falling asleep - When the kidneys are unable to properly filter the toxins from the body, i.e. through the urine, the toxins can interfere with us falling asleep. A study has found that people with kidney disease have more sleep disorders compared to healthy people.
Strange taste in the mouth - Another manifestation of the accumulation of toxins in the blood because of the difficulty of the kidneys to remove them from the body is a feeling of metallic taste, like that of rust in the mouth.
Muscle cramps for no apparent reason - One of the reasons for the contraction is a lack of calcium, sodium and potassium ions. The kidneys are the ones that regulate these minerals into the bloodstream so if you suffer from a lot of muscle cramps, it may indicate their dysfunction.
Vomiting and nausea - One of the substances excreted from the body by the kidneys is urination. When there is a kidney problem and as a result it accumulates in the body, it is excreted into the digestive tract and there it is broken down by bacteria and becomes ammonia. Ammonia causes significant irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting.
Any symptom that appeared on the list can indicate problems in other organs as well. If you have one or more symptoms than what appears here, do not ignore, it is important that you check your health with the doctor.
More interesting facts about kidneys:
Do you know the cute kid from this picture that travels all over the net and serves as the name of a "Successed kid"? It turns out that the story behind the picture is a campaign by the family of Justin Griner, who contracted cancer in 2006 and his kidneys collapsed, to raise money for his treatment. The boy in the picture is his son, Sam Griner, and his picture holding a sand on the beach was uploaded by his mother to the GoFundMe website. The family managed to raise more than $ 75,000 in the campaign.
Death due to kidney disease is in 10 place among the causes of death in the world in 2019. (Source: World Health Organization)
In kidney transplant surgery, the diseased kidneys are not removed, but the healthy kidney is added to the lower abdomen.
We wish you complete health!
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