4. Keep fit and active Everyone should aim for 150 minutes (30 minutes 5 times a week). This will help maintain a healthy
Kidney disease is sometimes referred to as a 'silent killer' because approximately 90 per cent of BC residents with early stage kidney disease show no symptoms. The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. The BC Renal Agency encourages you to take their free and easy online assessment to see your risk level. Early diagnosis can often slow or stop the progress of kidney disease.
I watched my father, brother and sister deal with failing health and the grueling treatments of kidney disease. I'm the only one of my father's children without kidney disease. I see the ramifications of kidney failure on a daily basis through my volunteer involvement with The Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Kidney disease is a serious condition that can affect anyone at any age, including children. Twelve children are on dialysis in B.C., almost 150 with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease and another 50 are in post-transplant care. These numbers may appear small but the impact on their lives is significant.
After months of re-scheduling cancelled appointments, my son David had now been on dialysis 12 hours a day, seven days a week for almost a year. After being told that another couple of weeks wouldn't make a difference for him, his transplant was moved yet again from May 11 to June 8. But another two weeks did make a difference for David; he suffered a stroke on June 5 and died on the very day I was to donate my kidney to him. But the story doesn't end there.
Our kidneys don't get a lot of love, and definitely don't get the attention paid to other major organs like our heart, liver
When I was a toddler and was limping instead of walking, my parents began to suspect something was wrong. I went to numerous